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Definition of Balance

Balance

  1. An apparatus for weighing.
  2. Act of weighing mentally; comparison; estimate.
  3. Equipoise between the weights in opposite scales.
  4. The state of being in equipoise; equilibrium; even adjustment; steadiness.
  5. An equality between the sums total of the two sides of an account; as, to bring one's accounts to a balance; -- also, the excess on either side; as, the balance of an account.
  6. A balance wheel, as of a watch, or clock. See Balance wheel (in the Vocabulary).
  7. The constellation Libra.
  8. The seventh sign in the Zodiac, called Libra, which the sun enters at the equinox in September.
  9. A movement in dancing. See Balance, v. i., S.
  10. To bring to an equipoise, as the scales of a balance by adjusting the weights; to weigh in a balance.
  11. To support on a narrow base, so as to keep from falling; as, to balance a plate on the end of a cane; to balance one's self on a tight rope.
  12. To equal in number, weight, force, or proportion; to counterpoise, counterbalance, counteract, or neutralize.
  13. To compare in relative force, importance, value, etc.; to estimate.
  14. To settle and adjust, as an account; to make two accounts equal by paying the difference between them.
  15. To make the sums of the debits and credits of an account equal; -- said of an item; as, this payment, or credit, balances the account.
  16. To arrange accounts in such a way that the sum total of the debits is equal to the sum total of the credits; as, to balance a set of books.
  17. To move toward, and then back from, reciprocally; as, to balance partners.
  18. To contract, as a sail, into a narrower compass; as, to balance the boom mainsail.
  19. To have equal weight on each side; to be in equipoise; as, the scales balance.
  20. To fluctuate between motives which appear of equal force; to waver; to hesitate.
  21. To move toward a person or couple, and then back.

Balance Quotations

Toleration is the greatest gift of the mind; it requires the same effort of the brain that it takes to balance oneself on a bicycle.
Helen Keller

It's all about quality of life and finding a happy balance between work and friends and family.
Philip Green

I believe that being successful means having a balance of success stories across the many areas of your life. You can't truly be considered successful in your business life if your home life is in shambles.
Zig Ziglar

Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.
Thomas Merton

Women need real moments of solitude and self-reflection to balance out how much of ourselves we give away.
Barbara de Angelis
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Balance Translations

balance in Dutch is overschot, saldo
balance in German is Saldo, Gleichgewicht
balance in Italian is bilancio, livellare, equilibrio
balance in Latin is pondera
balance in Portuguese is contrapeso
balance in Spanish is saldar, abalanzar, equilibrio, balance

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