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Noun: balance  ba-lun(t)s
  1. A state of equilibrium
     
  2. Equality between the totals of the credit and debit sides of an account
     
  3. Harmonious arrangement or relation of parts or elements within a whole (as in a design)
    "in all perfectly beautiful objects there is found the opposition of one part to another and a reciprocal balance";
    - proportion, proportionality
     
  4. Equality of distribution
    - equilibrium, equipoise, counterbalance
     
  5. Something left after other parts have been taken away
    "he took what he wanted and I got the balance";
    - remainder, residual, residue, residuum, rest
     
  6. The difference between the totals of the credit and debit sides of an account
     
  7. (mathematics) an attribute of a shape or relation; exact reflection of form on opposite sides of a dividing line or plane
    - symmetry, symmetricalness, correspondence
     
  8. A weight that balances another weight
    - counterweight, counterbalance, counterpoise, equalizer, equaliser [Brit]
     
  9. A wheel that regulates the rate of movement in a machine; especially a wheel oscillating against the hairspring of a timepiece to regulate its beat
    - balance wheel
     
  10. A scale for weighing; depends on pull of gravity
Verb: balance  ba-lun(t)s
  1. Bring into balance or equilibrium
    "balance the two weights"; "She has to balance work and her domestic duties";
    - equilibrate, equilibrize, equilibrise [Brit]
     
  2. Compute credits and debits of an account
     
  3. Hold or carry in equilibrium
    - poise
     
  4. Be in equilibrium
    "He was balancing on one foot"
Noun: Balance
  1. (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Libra
    - Libra
     
  2. The seventh sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about September 23 to October 22
    - Libra, Libra the Balance, Libra the Scales

Derived forms: balances, balanced, balancing

Type of: account, arrangement, be, bear, calculate, carry, component, component part, constituent, construction, difference, equality, equilibrium, fit, hold, house, individual, mansion, match, mortal, part, person, placement, planetary house, portion, remainder, scale, sign, sign of the zodiac, somebody, someone, soul, spatial property, spatiality, star sign, structure, weighing machine, weight, wheel

Antonym: imbalance, unbalance

Part of: account, account statement, accounting, horologe [archaic], timekeeper, timepiece

Encyclopedia: Balance