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  1. be in equilibrium; "He was balancing on one foot" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a scale for weighing; depends on pull of gravity Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. an equivalent counterbalancing weight Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. (mathematics) an attribute of a shape; exact correspondence of form on opposite sides of a dividing line or plane Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. 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 Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. the seventh sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about September 23 to October 22 Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. (astrology) a person who is born while the sun in in Libra Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. an amount on the credit side of an account Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. equality of distribution Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. a state of equilibrium Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. compute credits and debits of an account Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. bring into balance or equilibrium; "She has to balance work and her domestic duties"; "balance the two weights" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. hold or carry in equilibrium Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  14. 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 Wordnet Dictionary DB
  15. (mathematics) an attribute of a shape or relation; exact correspondence of form on opposite sides of a dividing line or plane Wordnet Dictionary DB
  16. equality between the totals of the credit and debit sides of an account Wordnet Dictionary DB
  17. the difference between the totals of the credit and debit sides of an account Wordnet Dictionary DB
  18. something left after other parts have been taken away; "there was no remainder"; "he threw away the rest"; "he took what he wanted and I got the balance" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  19. An apparatus for weighing. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. Act of weighing mentally; comparison; estimate. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. Equipoise between the weights in opposite scales. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. The state of being in equipoise; equilibrium; even adjustment; steadiness. Webster Dictionary DB
  23. A balance wheel, as of a watch, or clock. See Balance wheel (in the Vocabulary). Newage Dictionary DB
  24. The constellation Libra. Webster Dictionary DB
  25. The seventh sign in the Zodiac, called Libra, which the sun enters at the equinox in September. Webster Dictionary DB
  26. A movement in dancing. See Balance, v. i., S. Webster Dictionary DB
  27. To bring to an equipoise, as the scales of a balance by adjusting the weights; to weigh in a balance. Webster Dictionary DB
  28. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  29. To equal in number, weight, force, or proportion; to counterpoise, counterbalance, counteract, or neutralize. Webster Dictionary DB
  30. To compare in relative force, importance, value, etc.; to estimate. Webster Dictionary DB
  31. To settle and adjust, as an account; to make two accounts equal by paying the difference between them. Webster Dictionary DB
  32. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  33. To move toward, and then back from, reciprocally; as, to balance partners. Webster Dictionary DB
  34. To contract, as a sail, into a narrower compass; as, to balance the boom mainsail. Webster Dictionary DB
  35. To have equal weight on each side; to be in equipoise; as, the scales balance. Webster Dictionary DB
  36. To fluctuate between motives which appear of equal force; to waver; to hesitate. Webster Dictionary DB
  37. To move toward a person or couple, and then back. Webster Dictionary DB
  38. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  39. A balance wheel, as of a watch, or clock. See wheel (in the Vocabulary). Webster Dictionary DB
  40. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  41. A state of being evenly balanced or the harmonious performance of function. Its physiological application is in the biomechanical responses of the musculoskeletal system during standing, walking, sitting, and other movements. Stability and equilibrium are related to the mathematics of the center of gravity of the body. Medical Dictionary DB
  42. A pair of scales for weighing; a steelyard; the act of weighing or estimating mentally; equal poise of any opposing forces; especially, mental poise; steadiness of mind; sanity; an equality between the totals of two sides of an account; the excess shown on either side; the sum or weight necessary to make two unequal sums or weights equal; a movement in dancing. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  43. To weigh by means of a balance; weigh by means of the mind; hence, to compare, estimate, etc.; to set off, as one thing against another; to equal or make equal; to find out the difference between the debits and credits of, or to bring about an equality between; as, to balance an account. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  44. To be of equal weight, force, or amount; in dancing, to move to and fro. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  45. 1. An apparatus for weighing; scales. 2. The normal state of action and reaction between two or more parts or organs of the body. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  46. An instrument for weighing, usually formed of two dishes or scales hanging from a beam supported in the middle: act of weighing two things: equality or just proportion of weight or power, as the balance of power: the sum required to make the two sides of an account equal, hence the surplus, or the sum due on an account: also the remainder of anything; as, the "balance of the party stayed." (Amer.). The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  47. To weigh in a balance: to counterpoise: to compare: to settle, as an account. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  48. To have equal weight or power, etc.: to hesitate or fluctuate. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  49. An instrument for weighing; equality; difference between two sides of an account. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  50. To be equal; to hesitate. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  51. To weigh; to make equal; to settle an account. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  52. To put into or be in equilibrium; poise. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  53. To adjust or be adjusted, as an account. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  54. To offset. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  55. To weigh; deliberate; ponder; hesitate. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  56. A pair of scales or other instrument for weighing. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  57. The act of balancing. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  58. The being in equilibrium; equipoise. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  59. Equality of debit and credit; also, the difference or excess on either side; remainder; surplus. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  60. The balance-wheel of a watch. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  61. A pair of scales; one of the simple mechanical powers; equipoise, or equality of weight or power; the weight or sum necessary to make two unequal weights or sums equal; the difference between the debtor and creditor side of an account; the part of a clock or watch which regulates the beats; an impartial state of mind in deliberating; that which renders weight or authority equal; a sign in the zodiac, called, in Latin, Libra. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  62. To bring to an equipoise; to compare by weighing or estimating as in a balance; to keep in equipoise; to counterpoise; to adjust an account; to make the two sides equal. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  63. To have equal weight, or be in equipoise; to hesitate. Balance of power, that equality of power in different states which offers a security for the general safety. Balance of trade, the difference in value between the exports and imports of a country. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  64. A pair of scales; part of a watch; equality of weights, power, or force; the difference between the debtor and creditor side of an account; overplus; a sign of the zodiac; the sum due on an account. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  65. To make equal; to settle; to regulate and adjust; to have equal weight, power, or influence; to hesitate. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  66. occurs in Leviticus 19:36 and Isaiah 46:6 , as the rendering of the Hebrew kanch' , which properly means "a reed" or "a cane," then a rod or beam of a balance. This same word is translated "measuring reed" in Ezekiel 40:3 Ezekiel 40:5 ; 42:16-18 . There is another Hebrew word, mozena'yim , i.e., "two poisers", also so rendered ( Daniel 5:27 ). The balances as represented on the most ancient Egyptian monuments resemble those now in use. A "pair of balances" is a symbol of justice and fair dealing ( Job 31:6 ; Psalms 62:9 ; Proverbs 11:1 ). The expression denotes great want and scarcity in Revelation 6:5 . biblestudytools.com
  67. 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. mso.anu.edu.au
  68. 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. mso.anu.edu.au
  69. The amount remaining due from one person to another on a settlement of the accounts involving their mutual dealings ; the difference between the two sides (debit and credit) of an account. A balance is the conclusion or result of the debit and credit sides of an account. It implies mutual dealings, and the existence of debt and credit, without which there could be no balance. Loeb v. Keyes, 156 N. Y. 529, 51 N. E. 285; McWilliams v. Allan, 45 Mo. 574; Thillman v. Shadrick, 69 Md. 528, 16 Atl. 138. The term is also frequently used In the sense of residue or remainder; as when a will speaks of "the balance of my estate." Lopez v. Lopez, 23 S. C. 269; Brooks v. Brooks, 65 111. App. 331; Lynch v. Spieer, 53 W. Va. 426, 44 S. E. 255. thelawdictionary.org
  70. Com. law. The amount which remains due by one of two persons, who have been dealing together, to the other, after the settlement of their accounts. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  71. In the case of mutual debts, the balance only can be recovered by the assignee of an insolvent, or the executor of a deceased person. But this mutuality must have existed at the time of the assignment by the insolvent, or at the death of the testator. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  72. The term general balance is sometimes used to signify the difference which is due to a party claiming a lien on goods in his hands, for work or labor done, or money expended in relation to those and other goods of the debtor. 3 B. & P. 485; 3 Esp. R. 268. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  73. 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. dictgcide_fs
  74. A movement in dancing. See Balance, v. t., 8. dictgcide_fs
  75. 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. dictgcide_fs
  76. bal'ans, n. an instrument for weighing, usually formed of two dishes or scales hanging from a beam supported in the middle: act of weighing two things: equality or just proportion of weight or power, as the balance of power: the sum required to make the two sides of an account equal, hence the surplus, or the sum due on an account: what is needed to produce equilibrium, a counterpoise: (watchmaking) a contrivance which regulates the speed of a clock or watch.--v.t. to weigh in a balance: to counterpoise: to compare: to settle, as an account, to examine and test accounts in book-keeping, to make the debtor and creditor sides of an account agree.--v.i. to have equal weight or power, &c.: to hesitate or fluctuate.--p.adj. BAL'ANCED, poised so as to preserve equilibrium: well arranged, stable.--ns. BAL'ANCER, an acrobat; BAL'ANCE-SHEET, a sheet of paper showing a summary and balance of accounts; BAL'ANCE-WHEEL, a wheel in a watch or chronometer which regulates the beat or rate. [Fr.--L. bilanx, having two scales--bis, double, lanx, lancis, a dish or scale.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  77. [Latin] An instrument for weighing, consisting of a rod or beam oscillating upon a support situated at its centre of gravity, and carrying at either end a pan, one for holding weights, the other for holding the objects to be weighed. Torsion b., an apparatus for measuring magnetic and electric attraction, consisting of a shellac needle suspended by a fine wire so as to be rotated in a horizontal plane when a gilt ball at the end of the needle is attracted or repelled by a magnet or electrified body. na
  78. Weighing-apparatus with central pivot, beam, & two scales; spring or lever substitute for this; regulating gear of clock or watch; zodiac constellation (usu. Libra or The Scales), & (not now corresponding) seventh sign of zodiac. The weighing of actions or opinions, the wavering of fortune or chance, power to decide (hold the b.); counterpoise, set-off; equilibrium o. of power, no State greatly preponderant); (Art) harmony of design& proportion; steady position (lose one\'s b., fall physically or be upset mentally; b.-wheel, in watch, regulating the beat); preponderating weight or amount (the b. of advantage lies with him). (Accounts) difference between Cr& Dr, statement of this (strike a b., determine it; b.-sheet, written statement of it with details); b. of trade, difference between exports& imports; b. in hand, amount over after realizing assets& meeting liabilities; b. due, deficiency; (slang) the remainder of anything. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  79. Weigh (a question, two arguments &c. against each other); match (thing) with, by, against, another; bring (thing, oneself) into, or keep in, equilibrium; equal or neutralize weight of, make up for; oscillate, waver; (dancing) move conversely with one\'s partner. (Accounts) compare Dr& Cr, make the entry necessary to equalize them; account balances, two sides are equal; settle account by paying deficit. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  80. An instrument for weighing. American pocket medical dictionary.
  81. Harmonious adjustment of parts. American pocket medical dictionary.
  82. Harmony in the performance of function. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  83. n. [Latin] An apparatus for weighing bodies ; a beam with two opposite scales ;-act of comparing ; estimate ;-a just proportion ;-a wheel in a watch serving to regulate the motion of the others ;-a sign in the zodiac, called Libra. Cabinet Dictionary
  84. A pair of scales; the act of comparing two things; the overplus of weight; that which is wanting to make two parts of an account even; equipoise; the beating part of a watch; in astronomy, one of the signs, Libra. Complete Dictionary

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