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balance

[ bal-uhns ]
/ ˈbæl əns /
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noun

verb (used with object), bal·anced, bal·anc·ing.

verb (used without object), bal·anced, bal·anc·ing.

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Nearby words

balak, balakirev, balaklava, balakovo, balalaika, balance, balance beam, balance bridge, balance control, balance lug, balance of nature

Idioms

    in the balance, with the outcome in doubt or suspense: While the jury deliberated, his fate rested in the balance.
    on balance, considering all aspects: On balance, the new product is doing well.

Origin of balance

1250–1300; Middle English balaunce < Anglo-French; Old French balance < Vulgar Latin *balancia, variant of *bilancia, equivalent to Late Latin bilanc- (stem of bilanx with double scales; Latin bi- bi-1 + lanx metal dish, pan of a pair of scales) + -ia -ia
SYNONYMS FOR balance
6 See remainder.
13 See symmetry.
Related formsbal·ance·a·ble, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for on balance (1 of 2)

balance

/ (ˈbæləns) /

noun

verb

Derived Formsbalanceable, adjective

Word Origin for balance

C13: from Old French, from Vulgar Latin bilancia (unattested), from Late Latin bilanx having two scalepans, from bi- 1 + lanx scale

British Dictionary definitions for on balance (2 of 2)

Balance

/ (ˈbæləns) /

noun

the Balance the constellation Libra, the seventh sign of the zodiac
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Medicine definitions for on balance

balance

[ băləns ]

n.

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.
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Science definitions for on balance

balance

[ băləns ]

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.
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Idioms and Phrases with on balance (1 of 2)

on balance


Taking everything into consideration, as in On balance I think we've had a very good year. This expression, which in effect means “balancing all the factors involved,” was first recorded in 1719.

Idioms and Phrases with on balance (2 of 2)

balance


In addition to the idiom beginning with balance

  • balance the books

also see:

  • checks and balances
  • hang in the balance
  • off balance
  • on balance
  • redress the balance
  • strike a balance
  • tip the balance
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