- 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.
- 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.
Idioms about balance
Origin of balance
OTHER WORDS FROM balancebal·ance·a·ble, adjective
Other definitions for balance (2 of 2)
Origin of balancé
How to use balance in a sentence
He was trying, I think, to demonstrate balance and equivalence.
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
Men and women balance each other out, and we have to get to a point where we are comfortable with appreciating each other.The Beyoncé Manifesto: Quotes on Nihilism and Feminism|Amy Zimmerman|December 12, 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
A constant sense of easy balance should be developed through poising exercises.Expressive Voice Culture|Jessie Eldridge Southwick
And as she hesitated between obedience to one and duty toward the other, her life, her love and future was in the balance.
He was to pay one third of the amount before the book went to press, the balance he was to pay within a reasonable time.
Government grants amount to about two-thirds of the income, the balance being raised by public subscription and from fees.Showell's Dictionary of Birmingham|Thomas T. Harman and Walter Showell
For hours the issue hung in the balance, and at last even the stubborn Lefbvre began to think of retreat.Napoleon's Marshals|R. P. Dunn-Pattison
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)
Medical definitions for balance
Scientific definitions for balance
Other 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