Origin of balanced
Synonyms for 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
Synonyms for balance
Related Words for balancedequitable, fair, uniform, offset, confirmed, validated, certified, equivalent, just, proportional, symmetrical
Examples from the Web for balanced
Contemporary Examples of 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’
November 16, 2014
The Great Invisible is something of a marvel—a balanced, unabridged portrait of life before and after the BP disaster.Deepwater Horizon: Life Drowning in Oil
November 2, 2014
She now chronicles her recovery in her re-branded site called The Balanced Blonde.Orthorexia: When Healthy Eating Becomes an Obsession
October 25, 2014
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
October 21, 2014
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
August 8, 2014
Historical Examples of balanced
The Road-Runner balanced on his slender legs and cocked his head trailwise.The Trail Book
There were other and still other banners, in velvet or in satin, balanced at the end of gilded batons.The Dream
I had balanced a little hitherto between the epicier and the Vicomte.Night and Morning, Complete
She took out two little hats, and balanced them on either hand.Meadow Grass
He screamed and kicked over the chair his foot was balanced on.The Second Voice
- 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