- 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 balancé
- a weighing device, generally consisting of a horizontal beam pivoted at its centre, from the ends of which two pans are suspended. The substance to be weighed is placed in one pan and known weights are placed in the other until the beam returns to the horizontalSee also microbalance
- an imagined device for assessing events, actions, motives, etc, in relation to each other (esp in the phrases weigh in the balance, hang in the balance)
- a state of equilibrium
- something that brings about such a state
- equilibrium of the body; steadinessto lose one's balance
- emotional stability; calmness of mind
- harmony in the parts of a wholebalance in an artistic composition
- the act of weighing factors, quantities, etc, against each other
- the power to influence or controlhe held the balance of power
- something that remains or is leftlet me have the balance of what you owe me
- equality of debit and credit totals in an account
- a difference between such totals
- chem the state of a chemical equation in which the number, kind, electrical charges, etc, of the atoms on opposite sides are equal
- a balancing movement
- short for spring balance
- in the balance in an uncertain or undecided condition
- on balance after weighing up all the factors
- strike a balance to make a compromise
- (tr) to weigh in or as if in a balance
- (intr) to be or come into equilibrium
- (tr) to bring into or hold in equilibrium
- (tr) to assess or compare the relative weight, importance, etc, of
- (tr) to act so as to equalize; be equal to
- (tr) to compose or arrange so as to create a state of harmony
- (tr) to bring (a chemical or mathematical equation) into balance
- (tr) accounting
- 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
- (intr) (of a business account, balance sheet, etc) to have the debit and credit totals equal
- to match or counter (one's dancing partner or his or her steps) by moving towards and away from him or her
Word Origin for balance
- the Balance the constellation Libra, the seventh sign of the zodiac
early 13c., "apparatus for weighing," from Old French balance (12c.) "balance, scales for weighing," also in the figurative sense; from Medieval Latin bilancia, from Late Latin bilanx, from Latin (libra) bilanx "(scale) having two pans," possibly from Latin bis "twice" + lanx "dish, plate, scale of a balance." The accounting sense is from 1580s; the meaning "general harmony between parts" is from 1732; sense of "physical equipoise" is from 1660s. Balance of power in the geopolitical sense is from 1701. Many figurative uses are from Middle English image of the scales in the hands of personified Justice, Fortune, Fate, etc.; e.g. hang in the balance (late 14c.).
1570s, "be equal with," from balance (n.). Meaning "bring or keep in equilibrium" is from 1630s; that of "keep oneself in equilibrium" is from 1833. Of accounts, from 1580s. Related: Balanced; balancing. Balanced meal, diet, etc. is from 1908.
- A weighing device, especially one consisting of a rigid beam horizontally suspended by a low-friction support at its center, with identical weighing pans hung at either end, one of which holds an unknown weight while the effective weight in the other is increased by known amounts until the beam is level and motionless.
- A state of bodily equilibrium.
- The difference in magnitude between opposing forces or influences, such as for bodily parts or organs.
- Equality of mass and net electric charge of reacting species on each side of a chemical equation.
- 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.
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