[[t]ˈbæl əns[/t]] n. v. -anced, -anc•ing
1) a state of equilibrium or equipoise; equal distribution of weight, amount, etc
2) something used to produce equilibrium; counterpoise
3) the ability to maintain bodily equilibrium
4) mental or emotional steadiness
5) wam an instrument for determining weight, typically by the equilibrium of a bar, from each end of which is suspended a scale or pan
6) the remainder or rest
7) the power or ability to decide an outcome
8) bus
a) equality between the totals of the two sides of an account
b) the difference between the debit total and the credit total of an account
c) unpaid difference represented by the excess of debits over credits
9) preponderant weight:
The balance of the blame is on your side[/ex]
10) fia lit. the harmonious integration of components in an artistic work
11) hor a wheel that oscillates against the tension of a hairspring to regulate the beats of a watch or clock
12) astrol. (cap.)
13) hfi (in a stereophonic sound system) the comparative loudness of two speakers
14) to bring to or hold in equilibrium; poise:
to balance a book on one's head[/ex]
15) to arrange or adjust the parts of symmetrically
16) to be equal or proportionate to
17) bus to add up the two sides of (an account) and determine the difference
18) to weighin a balance
19) to estimate the relative weight or importance of
20) to serve as a counterpoise to
21) cvb to have an equality or equivalence; be in equilibrium
22) bus to be in a state wherein debits equal credits
Etymology: 1250–1300; < AF; OF < VL *balancia, for *bilancia < LL bilanx with double scales < L bi- bi-+lanx metal dish bal′ance•a•ble, adj. syn: See symmetry

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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