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  • balaunce (obsolete)

From Middle English balaunce, from Old French balance, from Late Latin *bilancia, from (accusative form of) Latin bilanx (two-scaled), from bi- + lanx (plate, scale).

  • IPA(key): /ˈbæləns/
  • Rhymes: -æləns

balance (countable and uncountable, plural balances)

  1. (uncountable) A state in which opposing forces harmonise; equilibrium.
  2. (uncountable) Mental equilibrium; mental health; calmness, a state of remaining clear-headed and unperturbed.
  3. (literally or figuratively) Something of equal weight used to provide equilibrium; counterweight.
  4. A pair of scales.
  5. (uncountable) Awareness of both viewpoints or matters; neutrality; rationality; objectivity.
  6. (uncountable) The overall result of conflicting forces, opinions etc.; the influence which ultimately "weighs" more than others.
  7. (uncountable) Apparent harmony in art (between differing colours, sounds, etc.).
  8. (accounting) A list accounting for the debits on one side, and for the credits on the other.
  9. (accounting) The result of such a procedure; the difference between credit and debit of an account.
  10. (watchmaking) A device used to regulate the speed of a watch, clock etc.
  11. (law, business) The remainder.
  12. (obsolete, astrology) Libra.
  • (scales): pair of scales, set of scales, scales, weighing machine, weighbridge (for vehicles)
  • (equilibrium): equilibrium
  • (support for both viewpoints): disinterest, even-handedness, fairness, impartiality, neutrality, nonpartisanship
  • (list of credits and debits): account
  • (antonym(s) of equilibrium): nonequilibrium, imbalance, unbalance
  • (antonym(s) of support for both viewpoints): bias, favor/favour, partiality, partisanship, prejudice, unfairness

balance (third-person singular simple present balances, present participle balancing, simple past and past participle balanced)

  1. (transitive) To bring (items) to an equipoise, as the scales of a balance by adjusting the weights.
  2. (transitive, figurative) To make (concepts) agree.
    • 2014', Peter Melville Logan, Olakunle George, Susan Hegeman, The Encyclopedia of the Novel
      the Proteus Principle helps to qualify and balance the concepts of narrators and of narrative situations as previously developed in classical studies by G erard Genette and Franz Stanzel.
  3. (transitive) To hold (an object or objects) precariously; to support on a narrow base, so as to keep from falling.
  4. (transitive) To compare in relative force, importance, value, etc.; to estimate.
  5. (transitive, dance) To move toward, and then back from, reciprocally.
  6. (nautical) To contract, as a sail, into a narrower compass.
  7. (transitive) To make the credits and debits of (an account) correspond.
  8. (intransitive) To be in equilibrium.
  9. (intransitive) To have matching credits and debits.
  10. (transitive, obsolete) To weigh in a balance.
  11. (intransitive, obsolete) To hesitate or fluctuate.
  • belacan

Inherited from Middle French balance, from Old French balance, from Vulgar Latin *bilancia, from Latin bilanx, from bi- (see Latin bis) and lanx.

  • IPA(key): /ba.lɑ̃s/

balance f (plural balances)

  1. scales (clarification of this definition is needed)
  2. (chemistry, physics) balance (clarification of this definition is needed)
  3. (economics, electricity, politics) balance (clarification of this definition is needed)
  4. (fishing) drop-net
  5. (slang) informant, snitch
  6. (Louisiana) the rest, the remainder
  7. (Louisiana) a scale, more specifically a balancing scale
  • mettre en balance
  • peser dans la balance
  • balancer
  • balançoire
  • Russian: бала́нс (baláns)
  • Ukrainian: бала́нс (baláns)


  1. inflection of balancer:
    1. first/third-person singular present indicative/subjunctive
    2. second-person singular imperative
  • “balance”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
  • bancale


  1. ablative singular of balanx


  1. Alternative form of balaunce
  • ballance, balanche, balence

From Old French balance, from Vulgar Latin *bilancia, from Latin bilanx.

balance f (plural balances)

  1. scales (weighing scales)
  2. (figurative) arbitrator
  • French: balance
  • balance on Dictionnaire du Moyen Français (1330–1500) (in French)

From Vulgar Latin *bilancia, from Latin bilanx.

balance oblique singularf (oblique plural balances, nominative singular balance, nominative plural balances)

  1. scales (weighing scales)
  • Middle French: balance, ballance, balanche, balence
    • French: balance
  • Norman: balanche
  • Middle English: balaunce, ballaunce, balance, balaunse, balans, belaunce
    • English: balance
    • Scots: ballance
  • Godefroy, Frédéric, Dictionnaire de l’ancienne langue française et de tous ses dialectes du IXe au XVe siècle (1881) (balance)


  1. inflection of balançar:
    1. first/third-person singular present subjunctive
    2. third-person singular imperative

Borrowed from French balance, from Late Latin *bilancia.

  • IPA(key): (Spain) /baˈlanθe/ [baˈlãn̟.θe]
  • IPA(key): (Latin America) /baˈlanse/ [baˈlã]
  • Rhymes: -anθe
  • Rhymes: -anse
  • Syllabification: ba‧lan‧ce

balance m (plural balances)

  1. (accounting) balance
    Synonym: saldo
  2. balance; weighing up
    • 1988, Mecano, Un año más (written by Nacho Cano)
  • “balance”, in Diccionario de la lengua española, Vigésima tercera edición, Real Academia Española, 2014
  • cablean

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