- balance spring,
- balance staff,
- balance the books,
- balance weight,
- balance wheel,
- balanced anesthesia,
- balanced diet,
- balanced fund,
- balanced line,
- balanced literacy
Origin of balanced
- 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
Examples from the Web for balanced
Or, this year, the ways in which religious liberty (both real and imagined) is balanced against civil rights.RFRA Madness: What’s Next for Anti-Democratic ‘Religious Exemptions’|Jay Michaelson|November 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Great Invisible is something of a marvel—a balanced, unabridged portrait of life before and after the BP disaster.
She now chronicles her recovery in her re-branded site called The Balanced Blonde.Orthorexia: When Healthy Eating Becomes an Obsession|DailyBurn|October 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
That finding is a direct reflection of the original premise behind Roger Ailes pitching Fox News as “far and balanced.”Pew Study: Americans Are Self-Segregating Amid Proliferating Partisan Media|John Avlon|October 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In the interest of balanced journalism, I move up one car to experience a fresh landscape.Leaky Ceilings, Catcalls, and Uncaged Pythons: 4 Hours on NYC’s Worst Subway|Kevin Zawacki|August 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He's the fastest, coolest hand that ever balanced a pike pole or rode a log.Kindred of the Dust|Peter B. Kyne
Jane balanced her spoon on the brim of the shell-like cup and smiled at Mr. Scott.
In the eighth place, the electors are balanced against the people in the choice of the President.Congressional Government|Woodrow Wilson
But as things fell out, I am like the boy in the middle of the balanced plank, at the end of which two others sit.
He balanced the matter in his mind for a while before he would send his letter.John Caldigate|Anthony Trollope
- 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