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balance

[ bal-uhns ]
/ 藞b忙l 蓹ns /
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noun
verb (used with object), bal路anced, bal路anc路ing.
verb (used without object), bal路anced, bal路anc路ing.
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Idioms about balance

    in the balance, with the outcome in doubt or suspense: While the jury deliberated, his fate rested in the balance.
    on balance, considering all aspects: On balance, the new product is doing well.

Origin of balance

1250鈥1300; Middle English balaunce from Anglo-French; Old French balance from unattested Vulgar Latin balancia, variant of unattested bilancia, equivalent to Late Latin bilanc- (stem of bilanx 鈥渨ith double scales鈥; Latin bi- bi-1 + lanx 鈥渕etal dish, pan of a pair of scales鈥) + -ia -ia

synonym study for balance

6. See remainder. 13. See symmetry.

OTHER WORDS FROM balance

bal路ance路a路ble, adjective

Other definitions for balance (2 of 2)

balanc茅
[ bal-uhn-sey; French ba-lahn-sey ]
/ 藢b忙l 蓹n藞se瑟; French ba l蓱虄藞se瑟 /

noun, plural bal路an路c茅s [bal-uhn-seyz; French ba-lahn-sey]. /藢b忙l 蓹n藞se瑟z; French ba l蓱虄藞se瑟/. Ballet.
a swaying step performed in place in which the weight is lightly shifted from one foot to the other, the dancer sinking down on the heel of the foot to which the body is shifting, with flexed knees.

Origin of balanc茅

<French, noun use of past participle of balancer to balance, swing, rock
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British Dictionary definitions for balance (1 of 2)

balance
/ (藞b忙l蓹ns) /

noun
verb

Derived forms of balance

balanceable, adjective

Word Origin for balance

C13: from Old French, from Vulgar Latin bilancia (unattested), from Late Latin bilanx having two scalepans, from bi- 1 + lanx scale

British Dictionary definitions for balance (2 of 2)

Balance
/ (藞b忙l蓹ns) /

noun
the Balance the constellation Libra, the seventh sign of the zodiac
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Scientific definitions for balance

balance
[ b膬l蓹ns ]

To adjust a chemical equation so that the number of each type of atom and the total charge on the reactant (left-hand) side of the equation matches the number and charge on the product (right-hand) side of the equation.
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