unbalance

To unbalance is to make unsteady or uneven. A sudden gust of wind might unbalance you when you're on a sailboat — don't forget to wear a life jacket!

Throw something off balance, and you unbalance it. Tickling someone who's in a one-legged yoga stance will unbalance them, and leaning too far to one side will unbalance a new bike rider. You can also call this state of being out of kilter or wobbly unbalance: "The unbalance of the tightrope walker made me glad there was a net underneath him!" And figuratively, unbalance can also mean "disturb or upset."

Definitions of unbalance
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v throw out of balance or equilibrium

“The tax relief unbalanced the budget”
“The prima donna unbalances the smooth work in our department”
Antonyms:
balance, equilibrate, equilibrise, equilibrize
bring into balance or equilibrium
balance, poise
hold or carry in equilibrium
balance
be in equilibrium
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v derange mentally, throw out of mental balance; make insane

“The death of his parents unbalanced him”
Synonyms:
derange
Type of:
craze, madden
cause to go crazy; cause to lose one's mind

n a lack of balance or state of disequilibrium

Synonyms:
imbalance, instability
Antonyms:
balance
a state of equilibrium
Type of:
disequilibrium
loss of equilibrium attributable to an unstable situation in which some forces outweigh others

n a state of mental disturbance and disorientation

Synonyms:
derangement, mental unsoundness
Type of:
insanity
relatively permanent disorder of the mind

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