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English[]

File:Eo-scale of justice.gif

A balance (scale).

File:One-balanced-rock.jpg

A rock balanced on one corner.

Etymology[]

From Middle French balance, from Late Latin *bilancia, from (accusative form of) Latin bilanx (two-scaled), from bi- + lanx (plate, scale).

Pronunciation[]

Noun[]

Singular
Balance

Plural
s

Balance (s)

  1. A pair of scales.
  2. (obsolete, astrology) Libra.
  3. (watchmaking) A device used to regulate the speed of a watch, clock etc.
  4. A weight placed on a scale to provide equilibrium; something of equal importance or value.
    Blair thought he could provide a useful balance to Bush's policies.
  5. (uncountable) Equilibrium; a state in which opposing forces cancel each other out.
  6. (uncountable) Mental equilibrium; calmness, a state of remaining clear-headed and unperturbed.
  7. (uncountable) Support for both viewpoints, substances etc or neither; neutrality.
  8. Apparent harmony in arts, design etc. between differing colours, sounds, etc.
  9. The overall result of conflicting forces, opinions etc.; the influence which ultimately "weighs" more than others.
    The balance of power finally lay with the Royalist forces.
    I think the balance of opinion is that we should get out while we're ahead.
  10. Template:Accounting A list accounting for the debits on one side, and for the credits on the other.
  11. The result of such a procedure; the difference between credit and debit of an account.
    I just need to nip to a bank and check my balance.

Synonyms[]

  • (scales): pair of scales, scales, weighing machine, weighbridge (for vehicles)
  • (equilibrium): equilibrium
  • (support for both viewpoints): disinterest, even-handedness, fairness, impartiality, neutrality, non-partisanship
  • (list of credits and debits): account

Antonyms[]

  • (equilibrium): non-equilibrium, imbalance, unbalance
  • (support for both viewpoints): bias, favor/favour, partiality, partisanship, prejudice, unfairness

Derived terms[]

Translations[]

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Verb[]

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In equilibrium

Infinitive
to Balance

Third person singular
balanc

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to Balance (third-person singular simple present balanc, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)

  1. (transitive) to make (items) weigh up.
  2. (transitive) (figurative) to make (concepts) agree.
  3. (transitive) to hold (an object or objects) precariously.
  4. (transitive) to make the credits and debits of (an account) correspond.
  5. (intransitive) to be in equilibrium.
  6. (intransitive) to have matching credits and debits.

Derived terms[]

Translations[]

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French[]

Etymology[]

From Late Latin *bilancia, from Latin bilanx, from bi- (see Latin bis) and lanx.

Pronunciation[]

Noun[]

Balance f. (plural Balances)

  1. scales
  2. (chemistry, physics) balance
  3. Template:Economics balance
  4. Template:Fishing drop-net
  5. (slang) informant, snitch

Verb[]

Balance

  1. first-person singular present indicative of balancer.
  2. third-person singular present indicative of balancer.
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of balancer.
  4. first-person singular present subjunctive of balancer.
  5. second-person singular imperative of balancer.

Related terms[]

  • balancer
  • balançoire

Anagrams[]

  • aabceln,
  • bancale



Spanish[]

Noun[]

Balance m. (plural Balances)

Singular
Balance m.

Plural
Balances m.

  1. Template:Accounting balance

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