|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|
|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|
|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 |
balance bal·ance (bāl'əns)
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.
A state of bodily equilibrium.
The difference in magnitude between opposing forces or influences, such as for bodily parts or organs.
Equality of mass and net electric charge of reacting species on each side of a chemical equation.
|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.
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.