Other forms: balanced; balancing; balances

Balance is having the right amount — not too much or too little — of any quality, which leads to harmony or evenness. You might admire the balance someone has achieved between working hard and having fun.

The noun form of balance can also describe finances: If you're making monthly payments on a loan, the total amount you still owe is the balance. Balance is also the physical steadiness that keeps you on your feet. You balance your weight between both sides of your body. Balance has a verb form that has several shades of meaning, typically involving one thing correctly weighed against another, like when you balance your budget.

Definitions of balance
  1. noun
    harmonious arrangement or relation of parts or elements within a whole (as in a design)
    “"in all perfectly beautiful objects there is found the opposition of one part to another and a reciprocal balance"- John Ruskin”
    synonyms: proportion, proportionality
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    arrangement, placement
    the spatial property of the way in which something is placed
  2. noun
    a state of equilibrium
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    imbalance, instability, unbalance
    a lack of balance or state of disequilibrium
    a balance between and interplay of opposing elements or tendencies (especially in art or literature)
    electrolyte balance
    an equilibrium between the amounts of electrolytes (as calcium and sodium and potassium) that is essential for normal health and functioning
    nitrogen balance
    the balance between the amount of nitrogen taken in (to the soil or the body) and the amount given off (lost or excreted)
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    a stable situation in which forces cancel one another
  3. noun
    equality of distribution
    synonyms: counterbalance, equilibrium, equipoise
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    a symmetrical arrangement of the parts of a thing
    proportion, symmetry
    balance among the parts of something
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    construction, structure
    a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts
  4. noun
    (mathematics) an attribute of a shape or relation; exact reflection of form on opposite sides of a dividing line or plane
    synonyms: correspondence, symmetricalness, symmetry
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    asymmetry, dissymmetry, imbalance
    a lack of symmetry
    geometrical regularity, regularity
    a property of polygons: the property of having equal sides and equal angles
    bilateral symmetry, bilateralism, bilaterality
    the property of being symmetrical about a vertical plane
    radial symmetry
    the property of symmetry about an axis
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    spatial property, spatiality
    any property relating to or occupying space
  5. verb
    be in equilibrium
    “He was balancing on one foot”
    equilibrate, equilibrise, equilibrize
    bring into balance or equilibrium
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    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
  6. verb
    bring into balance or equilibrium
    “She has to balance work and her domestic duties”
    balance the two weights”
    synonyms: equilibrate, equilibrise, equilibrize
    hold or carry in equilibrium
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    throw out of balance or equilibrium
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    make complete or perfect; supply what is wanting or form the complement to
    compensate, correct, counterbalance, even off, even out, even up, make up
    adjust for
    cancel, offset, set off
    make up for
    countervail, offset
    compensate for or counterbalance
    balance in flight by regulating the control surfaces
    counteract, counterbalance, countervail, neutralize
    oppose and mitigate the effects of by contrary actions
    compensate for a weaker partner or member by one's own performance
    compensate, cover, overcompensate
    make up for shortcomings or a feeling of inferiority by exaggerating good qualities
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    fit, match
    make correspond or harmonize
  7. verb
    hold or carry in equilibrium
    synonyms: poise
    equilibrate, equilibrise, equilibrize
    bring into balance or equilibrium
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    hold with difficulty and balance insecurely
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    bear, carry, hold
    support or hold in a certain manner
  8. noun
    something left after other parts have been taken away
    “he took what he wanted and I got the balance
    synonyms: remainder, residual, residue, residuum, rest
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    dregs, leftover, remnant
    a small part or portion that remains after the main part no longer exists
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    component, component part, constituent, moiety, part, portion
    something determined in relation to something that includes it
  9. noun
    the difference between the totals of the credit and debit sides of an account
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    balance of trade, trade balance, trade gap, visible balance
    the difference in value over a period of time of a country's imports and exports of merchandise
    carry-forward, carry-over
    the accumulated and undivided profits of a corporation after provision has been made for dividends and reserves
    compensating balance, offsetting balance
    a minimum credit balance that a bank may require a borrower to keep on deposit as a condition for granting a loan; a common requirement for establishing a line of credit at a bank
    invisible balance
    the difference in value over a period of time of a country's imports and exports of services and payments of property incomes
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    difference, remainder
    the number that remains after subtraction; the number that when added to the subtrahend gives the minuend
  10. noun
    equality between the totals of the credit and debit sides of an account
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    trial balance
    a balance of debits and credits in double-entry bookkeeping; drawn up to test their equality
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    the quality of being the same in quantity or measure or value or status
  11. verb
    compute credits and debits of an account
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    account, calculate
    keep an account of
  12. noun
    a scale for weighing; depends on pull of gravity
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    beam balance
    a balance consisting of a lever with two equal arms and a pan suspended from each arm
    electronic balance
    a balance that generates a current proportional to the displacement of the pan
    balance for weighing very small objects
    spring balance, spring scale
    a balance that measure weight by the tension on a helical spring
    beam scale, lever scale, steelyard
    a portable balance consisting of a pivoted bar with arms of unequal length
    analytical balance, chemical balance
    a beam balance of great precision used in quantitative chemical analysis
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    scale, weighing machine
    a measuring instrument for weighing; shows amount of mass
  13. noun
    a weight that balances another weight
    synonyms: counterbalance, counterpoise, counterweight, equaliser, equalizer
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    sash weight
    a counterweight for a sliding sash
    (chemical analysis) a counterweight used in chemical analysis; consists of an empty container that counterbalances the weight of the container holding chemicals
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    an artifact that is heavy
  14. noun
    a wheel that regulates the rate of movement in a machine; especially a wheel oscillating against the hairspring of a timepiece to regulate its beat
    synonyms: balance wheel
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    a simple machine consisting of a circular frame with spokes (or a solid disc) that can rotate on a shaft or axle (as in vehicles or other machines)




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