/ˈbæləns / (say 'baluhns)

1. an instrument for weighing, typically a bar poised or swaying on a central support according to the weights borne in scales (pans) suspended at the ends.
2. power to decide as by a balance; authoritative control.
3. a state of equilibrium or equipoise; equal distribution of weight, amount, etc.
4. mental steadiness; habit of calm behaviour, judgement, etc.
5. harmonious arrangement or adjustment, especially in the arts of design.
6. the relationship of alcohol, acid and tannin distinguishable in the flavour of a wine.
7. something used to produce equilibrium; a counterpoise.
8. the act of balancing; comparison as to weight, amount, importance, etc.; estimate.
9. the remainder or rest.
10. Accounting
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.
11. Accounting an adjustment of accounts.
12. a wheel which oscillates against the tension of a hairspring for regulating the beats of a watch or clock.
13. Dancing a balancing movement.
verb (balanced, balancing)
verb (t)
14. to weigh in a balance.
15. to estimate the relative weight or importance of; compare: balance probabilities.
16. to serve as a counterpoise to; counterbalance; offset.
17. to bring to or hold in equilibrium; poise: to balance a book on one's head.
18. to arrange, adjust, or proportion the parts of symmetrically.
19. to be equal or proportionate to.
20. Accounting
a. to add up the two sides of (an account) and determine the difference.
b. to make the necessary entries in (an account) so that the sums of the two sides will be equal.
c. to settle by paying what remains due on an account; equalise or adjust.
21. Dancing to move in rhythm to and from: to balance one's partner.
verb (i)
22. to have an equality or equivalence in weight, parts, etc.; be in equilibrium: the account doesn't balance; do these scales balance?
23. Accounting to reckon or adjust accounts.
24. to waver, hesitate.
25. Dancing to move forwards and backwards, or in opposite directions; set.
26. balance the books, Accounting to achieve a situation where the debit total of an account equals the credit total.
27. lose one's balance, to fall over as a result of failing to maintain the equilibrium of one's body.
28. on the balance of probabilities, in all probability or likelihood.
{Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin bilanx having two scales}
balanceable, adjective

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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