- 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.
Origin of balance
Synonyms for balance
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
Contemporary Examples of balance
For instance, how do you balance honesty with any protective urge?Daphne Merkin on Lena Dunham, Book Criticism, and Self-Examination
December 26, 2014
We need to strike a balance between creating false alarms and letting any urgent medical matters fall through the cracks.Did This Flu Vaccine Kill 13?
Barbie Latza Nadeau
December 2, 2014
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
December 1, 2014
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
November 23, 2014
“This is an era of probing to keep us off balance,” Comley said.Russia Preps Its North Pole Invasion
November 8, 2014
Historical Examples of balance
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
- 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
Word Origin for balance
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.
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