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Oxford dictionary definition of the word balance:
1 [mass noun] an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady:
she lost her balance and fell
Sailing the ability of a boat to stay on course without adjustment of the rudder.
2 [mass noun] a situation in which different elements are equal or in the correct proportions:
the obligations of political balance in broadcasting
try to keep a balance between work and relaxation
mental or emotional stability:
the way to some kind of peace and personal balance
the relative volume of various sources of sound:
the balance of the voices is good
Art harmony of design and proportion.
3an apparatus for weighing, especially one with a central pivot, beam, and two scales.
(the Balance) the zodiacal sign or constellation Libra.
4a counteracting weight or force.
(also balance wheel) the regulating device in a clock or watch.
5 [mass noun] a predominating amount; a preponderance:
the balance of opinion was that work was more important than leisure
6a figure representing the difference between credits and debits in an account; the amount of money held in an account:
he accumulated a healthy balance with the savings bank
the difference between an amount due and an amount paid:
the holiday balance must be paid by 8 weeks before departure
[in singular] an amount left over.
1put (something) in a steady position so that it does not fall:
a mug that she balanced on her knee
[no object] remain in a steady position without falling:
Richard balanced on the ball of one foot
2offset or compare the value of (one thing) with another:
the cost of obtaining such information needs to be balanced against its benefits
counteract or equal the effect or importance of:
he balanced his radical remarks with more familiar declarations
establish equal or appropriate proportions of elements in:
policies that help women balance work and family life
3compare debits and credits in (an account) so as to ensure that they are equal:
the law requires the council to balance its books each year
[no object] (of an account) have credits and debits equal:
a surplus on the capital account to make the account balance
balance of payments
the difference in total value between payments into and out of a country over a period:
a balance-of-payments deficit
balance of power
1a situation in which states of the world have roughly equal power.
2the power held by a small group when larger groups are of equal strength.
balance of trade
the difference in value between a country’s imports and exports:
a country with a worsening balance of trade in manufactured products
in the balance
in an uncertain or critical state:
his survival hung in the balance for days
when all factors are taken into consideration:
on balance, he was pleased with how things had gone
strike a balance
choose a moderate course:
she’s decided to strike a balance between fashionable and accessible
Middle English (in balance (sense 3 of the noun)): from Old French balance (noun), balancer (verb), based on late Latin (libra) bilanx ‘(balance) having two scale pans’, from bi- ‘twice, having two’ + lanx ‘scale pan’