- equality between the totals of the two sides of an account.
- the difference between the debit total and the credit total of an account.
- unpaid difference represented by the excess of debits over credits.
verb (used with object), bal·anced, bal·anc·ing.
- to add up the two sides of (an account) and determine the difference.
- to make the necessary entries in (an account) so that the sums of the two sides will be equal.
- to settle by paying what remains due on an account; equalize or adjust.
verb (used without object), bal·anced, bal·anc·ing.
Words nearby balance
Idioms for balance
Origin of balance
OTHER WORDS FROM balancebal·ance·a·ble, adjective
Definition for balance (2 of 2)
noun, plural bal·an·cés [bal-uh n-seyz; French ba-lahn-sey] /ˌbæl ənˈseɪz; French ba lɑ̃ˈseɪ/. Ballet.
Origin of balancé
Examples from the Web for balance
For instance, how do you balance honesty with any protective urge?Daphne Merkin on Lena Dunham, Book Criticism, and Self-Examination|Mindy Farabee|December 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We need to strike a balance between creating false alarms and letting any urgent medical matters fall through the cracks.
Likewise, it was the attempt to balance the power of rival European states that led to the conflict.‘America in Retreat’: Why Neo-Isolationism Exploded Under Obama and What We Can Do About It|James Kirchick|December 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Motorcycles roar and swerve around women who balance soaring bundles confidently on their heads.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis|Nina Strochlic|November 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“This is an era of probing to keep us off balance,” Comley said.
As they clasped warmly upon his, Average Jones' reason lost its balance.Average Jones|Samuel Hopkins Adams
See Trollope, ii, 179, as to the endless Florentine devices to check special power and to vary the balance of the constitution.The Evolution of States|J. M. Robertson
Lives of men hung in the balance, and minutes seem hours then.Heroes of the Goodwin Sands|Thomas Stanley Treanor
By raising the flaps on one side and lowering them on the other the balance was well preserved.The Boy's Book of New Inventions|Harry E. Maule
The vibration should be equal at the slightest oscillation of the balance as well as during the longer arcs.Rules and Practice for Adjusting Watches|Walter J. Kleinlein
British Dictionary definitions for balance (1 of 2)
- equality of debit and credit totals in an account
- a difference between such totals
- to compute the credit and debit totals of (an account) in order to determine the difference
- to equalize the credit and debit totals of (an account) by making certain entries
- to settle or adjust (an account) by paying any money due
Derived forms of balancebalanceable, adjective
Word Origin for balance
British Dictionary definitions for balance (2 of 2)
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Idioms and Phrases with balance
In addition to the idiom beginning with balance
- balance the books
- checks and balances
- hang in the balance
- off balance
- on balance
- redress the balance
- strike a balance
- tip the balance