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[bal-uh n-sey; French ba-lahn-sey] /ˌbæl ənˈseɪ; French ba lɑ̃ˈseɪ/
noun, plural balancés
[bal-uh n-seyz; French ba-lahn-sey] /ˌbæl ənˈseɪz; French ba lɑ̃ˈseɪ/ (Show IPA).
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.
Origin of balancé
< French, noun use of past participle of balancer to balance, swing, rock Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for balancé


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 See also microbalance
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)
a state of equilibrium
something that brings about such a state
equilibrium of the body; steadiness: to lose one's balance
emotional stability; calmness of mind
harmony in the parts of a whole: balance in an artistic composition
the act of weighing factors, quantities, etc, against each other
the power to influence or control: he held the balance of power
something that remains or is left: let me have the balance of what you owe me
  1. equality of debit and credit totals in an account
  2. a difference between such totals
(chem) the state of a chemical equation in which the number, kind, electrical charges, etc, of the atoms on opposite sides are equal
a balancing movement
short for spring balance
in the balance, in an uncertain or undecided condition
on balance, after weighing up all the factors
strike a balance, to make a compromise
(transitive) to weigh in or as if in a balance
(intransitive) to be or come into equilibrium
(transitive) to bring into or hold in equilibrium
(transitive) to assess or compare the relative weight, importance, etc, of
(transitive) to act so as to equalize; be equal to
(transitive) to compose or arrange so as to create a state of harmony
(transitive) to bring (a chemical or mathematical equation) into balance
(transitive) (accounting)
  1. to compute the credit and debit totals of (an account) in order to determine the difference
  2. to equalize the credit and debit totals of (an account) by making certain entries
  3. to settle or adjust (an account) by paying any money due
(intransitive) (of a business account, balance sheet, etc) to have the debit and credit totals equal
to match or counter (one's dancing partner or his or her steps) by moving towards and away from him or her
Derived Forms
balanceable, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Old French, from Vulgar Latin bilancia (unattested), from Late Latin bilanx having two scalepans, from bi-1 + lanx scale


the Balance, the constellation Libra, the seventh sign of the zodiac
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Word Origin and History for balancé



early 13c., "apparatus for weighing," from Old French balance (12c.) "balance, scales for weighing," also in the figurative sense; from Medieval Latin bilancia, from Late Latin bilanx, from Latin (libra) bilanx "(scale) having two pans," possibly from Latin 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. Balance of power in the geopolitical sense is from 1701. Many figurative uses are from Middle English image of the scales in the hands of personified Justice, Fortune, Fate, etc.; e.g. hang in the balance (late 14c.).


1570s, "be equal with," from balance (n.). Meaning "bring or keep in equilibrium" is from 1630s; that of "keep oneself in equilibrium" is from 1833. Of accounts, from 1580s. Related: Balanced; balancing. Balanced meal, diet, etc. is from 1908.

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balancé in Medicine

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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balancé in Science
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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balancé in the Bible

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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