[bal-uhn-sey; French ba-lahn-sey]
noun, plural balancés [bal-uhn-seyz; French ba-lahn-sey] . Ballet.
a swaying step performed in place in which the weight is lightly shifted from one foot to the other, the dancer sinking down on the heel of the foot to which the body is shifting, with flexed knees.

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balance (ˈbæləns)
1.  See also microbalance a weighing device, generally consisting of a horizontal beam pivoted at its centre, from the ends of which two pans are suspended. The substance to be weighed is placed in one pan and known weights are placed in the other until the beam returns to the horizontal
2.  an imagined device for assessing events, actions, motives, etc, in relation to each other (esp in the phrases weigh in the balance, hang in the balance)
3.  a state of equilibrium
4.  something that brings about such a state
5.  equilibrium of the body; steadiness: to lose one's balance
6.  emotional stability; calmness of mind
7.  harmony in the parts of a whole: balance in an artistic composition
8.  the act of weighing factors, quantities, etc, against each other
9.  the power to influence or control: he held the balance of power
10.  something that remains or is left: let me have the balance of what you owe me
11.  accounting
 a.  equality of debit and credit totals in an account
 b.  a difference between such totals
12.  chem the state of a chemical equation in which the number, kind, electrical charges, etc, of the atoms on opposite sides are equal
13.  a balancing movement
14.  short for spring balance
15.  in the balance in an uncertain or undecided condition
16.  on balance after weighing up all the factors
17.  strike a balance to make a compromise
18.  (tr) to weigh in or as if in a balance
19.  (intr) to be or come into equilibrium
20.  (tr) to bring into or hold in equilibrium
21.  (tr) to assess or compare the relative weight, importance, etc, of
22.  (tr) to act so as to equalize; be equal to
23.  (tr) to compose or arrange so as to create a state of harmony
24.  (tr) to bring (a chemical or mathematical equation) into balance
25.  (tr) accounting
 a.  to compute the credit and debit totals of (an account) in order to determine the difference
 b.  to equalize the credit and debit totals of (an account) by making certain entries
 c.  to settle or adjust (an account) by paying any money due
26.  (intr) (of a business account, balance sheet, etc) to have the debit and credit totals equal
27.  to match or counter (one's dancing partner or his or her steps) by moving towards and away from him or her
[C13: from Old French, from Vulgar Latin bilancia (unattested), from Late Latin bilanx having two scalepans, from bi-1 + lanx scale]

Balance (ˈbæləns)
the Balance the constellation Libra, the seventh sign of the zodiac

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Word Origin & History

late 13c., "apparatus for weighing," from O.Fr. balance (12c.) "balance, scales for weighing," also in the figurative sense; from M.L. bilancia, from L.L. bilanx (acc. bilancem), from L. (libra) bilanx "(scale) having two pans," possibly from L. bis "twice" + lanx "dish, plate, scale of a balance." The
accounting sense is from 1580s; the meaning "general harmony between parts" is from 1732; sense of "physical equipoise" is from 1660s. The verb is attested from 1570s. Balance of power in the geopolitical sense is from 1701; balanced meal, diet, etc. is from 1908.
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Medical Dictionary

balance bal·ance (bāl'əns)

  1. A weighing device, especially one consisting of a rigid beam horizontally suspended by a low-friction support at its center, with identical weighing pans hung at either end, one of which holds an unknown weight while the effective weight in the other is increased by known amounts until the beam is level and motionless.

  2. A state of bodily equilibrium.

  3. The difference in magnitude between opposing forces or influences, such as for bodily parts or organs.

  4. Equality of mass and net electric charge of reacting species on each side of a chemical equation.

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Science Dictionary
balance   (bāl'əns)  Pronunciation Key 
To adjust a chemical equation so that the number of each type of atom and the total charge on the reactant (left-hand) side of the equation matches the number and charge on the product (right-hand) side of the equation.
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Balance definition

occurs in Lev. 19:36 and Isa. 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 Ezek. 40:3,5; 42:16-18. There is another Hebrew word, _mozena'yim_, i.e., "two poisers", also so rendered (Dan. 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; Ps. 62:9; Prov. 11:1). The expression denotes great want and scarcity in Rev. 6:5.

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Example sentences
Their long tails, which account for half of their five-foot frame, help them balance on small branches.
In these hurried times it's getting harder and harder to balance work, family & technology.
The wrong inflicted upon him should be taken into account and the balance
  placed to his credit.
Members can access their account information, such as account number, level and
  point balance.
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