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Definition of the noun balance

What does balance mean as a name of something?

Balance is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: balances

  1. a state of equilibrium
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • antonym: imbalance
    • more generic word: equilibrium = a stable situation in which forces cancel one another
    • more specific terms:
      • tension = a balance between and interplay of opposing elements or tendencies
      • electrolyte balance = an equilibrium between the amounts of electrolytes (as calcium and sodium and potassium) that is essential for normal health and functioning
      • nitrogen balance = the balance between the amount of nitrogen taken in (to the soil or the body) and the amount given off
  2. equality between the totals of the credit and debit sides of an account
    • lexical domain: Possessions - nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession
    • more generic word: equality = the quality of being the same in quantity or measure or value or status
    • more specific term: trial balance = a balance of debits and credits in double-entry bookkeeping
    • part of: account / account statement / accounting = a statement of recent transactions and the resulting balance
  3. harmonious arrangement or relation of parts or elements within a whole (as in a design)
    • example: in all perfectly beautiful objects there is found the opposition of one part to another and a reciprocal balance
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonyms of balance: proportion / proportionality
    • more generic words: arrangement / placement = the spatial property of the way in which something is placed
  4. equality of distribution
  5. something left after other parts have been taken away
  6. the difference between the totals of the credit and debit sides of an account
  7. (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Libra
  8. the seventh sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about September 23 to October 22
  9. (mathematics) an attribute of a shape or relation; exact reflection of form on opposite sides of a dividing line or plane
  10. a weight that balances another weight
  11. 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
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of balance: balance wheel
    • more generic word: wheel = a simple machine consisting of a circular frame with spokes (or a solid disc) that can rotate on a shaft or axle
    • part of: horologe / timekeeper / timepiece = a measuring instrument or device for keeping time
  12. a scale for weighing; depends on pull of gravity

Alternative definition of the noun balance


  1. [uncountable] a state in which opposing forces harmonise; equilibrium
  2. [uncountable] mental equilibrium; mental health; calmness, a state of remaining clear-headed and unperturbed
  3. something of equal weight used to provide equilibrium (literally or figuratively); counterweight
  4. a pair of scales
  5. [uncountable] awareness of both viewpoints or matters; neutrality; rationality; objectivity
  6. [uncountable] the overall result of conflicting forces, opinions etc.; the influence which ultimately "weighs" more than others
  7. [uncountable] apparent harmony in art (between differing colours, sounds, etc.)
  8. [accounting] a list accounting for the debits on one side, and for the credits on the other.
  9. [accounting] the result of such a procedure; the difference between credit and debit of an account.
  10. [context: watchmaking] a device used to regulate the speed of a watch, clock etc.
  11. [obsolete, astrology] Libra

Specialised definition of the noun balance

Glossary of nutrition

the proportions of substances in a mixture, e.g. in the diet (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports

ability to maintain or control upright body position (Mark H. Anshel. 1991. Dictionary of the Sport and Exercise Sciences. Human Kinetics Books Champaign, Illinois)

ability to maintain body equilibrium or steadiness (Mark H. Anshel. 1991. Dictionary of the Sport and Exercise Sciences. Human Kinetics Books Champaign, Illinois)

the act of staying upright and in a controlled position, not stumbling or falling (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

a state of emotional and mental stability in which somebody is calm and able to make rational decisions and judgments (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

in general, the state of a stationary or moving object where all forces acting upon the body cancel each other out; their sum equals zero. Motor balance of the human being is controlled by the vestibular apparatus; the necessary balancing and compensating movements are executed by the muscles spanned over those joints which are closest to the support area. One differentiates in sport be tween three kinds of motor balance: static balance (e.g. a handstand, headstand), dynamic balance (e.g. during running, windsurfing), and balancing an object (e.g. balancing a bar on the palm of the hand). The ability to create of maintain states of motor balance is trainable and an essential prerequisite for many sport disciplines (e.g. bicycling, figure skating, inline skating, roller skating, skiing, snowboarding). (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

Definition of the verb balance

What does balance mean as a doing word?

Balance is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: balanced | balancing | balances

  1. bring into balance or equilibrium
  2. compute credits and debits of an account
  3. hold or carry in equilibrium
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of balance: poise
    • more generic words: bear / carry / hold = support or hold in a certain manner
    • more specific word: juggle = hold with difficulty and balance insecurely
  4. be in equilibrium
    • examples: The children balance in the rocking chair | There balance some children in the rocking chair
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • more generic word: be = have the quality of being


  1. Balance was an early 1980s Rock / Hard Rock band based out of New York City and fronted by Illinois native, Peppy Castro, formerly of Blues Magoos. Other original members included guitarist Bob Kulick and arranger/keyboardist Doug Katsaros. Following the recording of their self-titled debut album with session musicians, Balance added the rhythm section of drummer Chuck Burgi and bassist Dennis Feldman to the lineup.
  2. Balance is a musical group.
    • album: "Truth Respect Spirit"
  3. BALANCe is a musical group.
  4. Balance is a musical group.
    • album: "Balance"

There are other groups with in their name, like No Balance, Bad Balance, Duo Balance, Neu Balance, New Balance, Lost Balance, Life in Balance, Balance of power, A Balance Between, Balance of Silence, Balance Interruption, Balance and Composure and DJ Friction & Nu Balance.


Balance is a record label.


  1. "Balance" is the tenth studio album by hard rock band Van Halen, released on January 24, 1995 through Warner Bros. Records. The album is the last of the band's four studio releases to feature Sammy Hagar as lead vocalist. Balance reached number 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 in February 1995 and reached Triple Platinum on May 12, 2004 by selling more than three million copies in the U.S.
  2. "Balance" is the debut album by Canadian rap group Swollen Members. It was released on the Battleaxe Records label. It has sold 41,000 copies since its release. Guest stars include Del tha Funkee Homosapien, Saafir, Dilated Peoples, Everlast, and Son Doobie. Track 3, Lady Venom, appeared on the soundtrack of the 2001/2002 EA Sports video game NBA Live 2002.
  3. "Balance" is a musical album of Surgeon.
    • released on (17 years ago)
  4. "Balance" is a 2013 compilation album released by Melly Goeslaw.
    • released on
  5. "Balance" is the debut album of the Dutch singer Kim-Lian. It was released on 25 May 2004 in the Netherlands. Kim-Lian said the album to be "a fun pop/rock album". The album spawned four top 20 singles, being "Teenage Superstar", "Hey Boy", "Garden of Love" and Kim Wilde cover "Kids in America".
    • genre: Pop rock
    • released on (11 years ago)
  6. "Balance" is the first full-length album by Boston rapper Akrobatik. It was released on May 20, 2003 by Coup D'État. The album features production and guest appearances by Diamond D, Da Beatminerz, DJ Fakts One, Mr. Lif, DJ Revolution, Edan and more. The song "Balance" was used in episode one of season two of The Wire entitled "Ebb Tide." The song "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle" also appeared in episode five of season two of The Wire.
  7. "Balance" is an album by American guitarist Leo Kottke, released in 1978.
  8. "Balance" is a 2008 solo album by King's X guitarist Ty Tabor. All songs were written, recorded and produced by Tabor, and the album was recorded at Alien Beans Studios in Katy, TX.
    • genre: Hard rock
    • released in (8 years ago)
  9. "Balance" is a musical album of Glis.
    • released on (12 years ago)
  10. "Balance" is a musical album of Komet & Taylor Deupree.
    • released on (13 years ago)
  11. "Balance" is a musical album of Will Samson.
    • released on
  12. "Balance" is a musical EP of Richard Bartz.
    • released in (21 years ago)
  13. "Balance" is a musical album of Steven Stewart.
    • released on (9 years ago)
  14. "Balance" a.k.a. "Balancê" is a musical album of Sara Tavares.
    • released on (10 years ago)
  15. "Balance" is a musical album of Balance.
    • released in (35 years ago)
  16. "Balance" is a musical album of Sound of Rum.
    • released on (4 years ago)
  17. "Balance" is a musical EP of YouSlim & Be Timeless.
    • released on
  18. "Balance" is a musical EP of Exos & Ohm.
    • released in (15 years ago)
  19. "Balance" is a musical album of Isoul8.
    • released on (9 years ago)
  20. "Balance" is a musical album of Deeper in Zen.
    • released on (13 years ago)
  21. "Balance" is a musical album of Woody McBride.
    • released on (21 years ago)
  22. "Balance" is a musical album of Philippe Cam.
    • released in (15 years ago)
  23. "Balance" is a musical album of Ladybird & Merzbow.
    • released in (18 years ago)
  24. "Balance" is a musical album of Cathrin Pfeifer.
    • released in (24 years ago)
  25. "Balance" is a musical album of Kontrast.
    • released on


  1. "Balance" is a German animated film, released in 1989. It was directed and produced by twin brothers Wolfgang and Christoph Lauenstein.
  2. "Balance" is a 1983 Bulgarian drama film directed by Lyudmil Kirkov. It was entered into the 13th Moscow International Film Festival where it won the Silver Prize.
    • country: Bulgaria
    • language: Bulgarian Language
    • genre: Drama
    • released in (32 years ago)
  3. "Balance" is a 2013 historical documentary short film written and directed by Skyler Thomas.
  4. "balance" is a short film, directed by Debra Sea.


  1. Balance: In biomechanics, balance is an ability to maintain the line of gravity of a body within the base of support with minimal postural sway. Sway is the horizontal movement of the centre of gravity even when a person is standing still. A certain amount of sway is essential and inevitable due to small perturbations within the body or from external triggers. An increase in sway is not necessarily an indicator of dysfunctional balance so much as it is an indicator of decreased sensorimotor control.
    • also known as equilibrio
  2. Balance: In game design, balance is the concept and the practice of tuning a game's rules, usually with the goal of preventing any of its component systems from being ineffective or otherwise undesirable when compared to their peers. An unbalanced system represents wasted development resources at the very least, and at worst can undermine the game's entire ruleset by making important roles or tasks impossible to perform.
    • also known as Game balance
  3. Balance: In the metaphysical or conceptual sense, balance is used to mean a point between two opposite forces that is desirable over purely one state or the other, such as a balance between the metaphysical Law and Chaos — law by itself being overly controlling, chaos being overly unmanageable, balance being the point that minimizes the negatives of both.
  4. Balance was a 1989 television advertisement for the Lexus LS 400, which also introduced the luxury car make Lexus to television audiences. It was created by Team One, a unit of Saatchi & Saatchi. The ad was designed to promote the engineering attributes of the flagship Lexus sedan. The advertisement received several awards and was emulated by later versions.
  5. Balance: A balance puzzle is a mathematical puzzle which challenges the solver to distribute a subset of numbers so that the several sides of a stylized diagram representing a balance scale are equal. The balance puzzle is a classical number puzzle in the World Puzzle Championship. It consists in a mobile or tree structure, with designated positions where the player must hang specified weights, so that everything balances. See examples below.
  6. Balance is a simple but powerful generic TCP proxy with round robin load balancing and failover mechanisms. Its behaviour can be controlled at runtime using a simple command line syntax.

Phrases with Balance

Phrases starting with the word Balance:

  1. Balance Out
  2. balance beam
  3. Balance-Beam
  4. Balance board
  5. balance sheet
  6. balance wheel
  7. balance of power

Phrases ending with the word Balance:

  1. On Balance
  2. to balance
  3. Off Balance
  4. bank balance
  5. beam balance
  6. Basic Balance
  7. trade balance
  8. trial balance
  9. mental balance
  10. spring balance
  11. dynamic balance
  12. torsion balance
  13. visible balance

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Balance

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Google previewThe Leptin Boost Diet (2009)

Unleash Your Fat-Controlling Hormones for Maximum Weight Loss by Scott Isaacs

Hormonal balance means precisely that—having all your hormones balanced. This is because every one of your hormones, in turn, affects all the other hormones. If one hormone is too high or too low, it has downstream effects on your other ...

Google previewA-Z Blueprint for Success (2012)

A Strategy of Action Steps To Elevate Your Business and Life by Chris Vanderzyden

Balance is the result of one's life in harmony with our core beliefs.

Google previewIreland (2011)

First and Second Reviews Under the Extended Arrangement and Request for Rephasing of the Arrangement: Staff Report; Letter of Intent; Memorandum of Economic and Financial Policies; Technical Memorandum of Understanding; Letter of Intent and Memorandum of Understanding on Specific Economic Policy Conditionality (College of Commissioners); Staff Supplement; and Press Release on the Executive Board Discussion. by International Monetary Fund

The exchequer balance is the traditional domestic budgetary aggregate which measures the net surplus or net deficit position of the Exchequer Account. The Exchequer Account is the single bank account of the Central Fund and is held at the ...

Google previewOver the Influence (2003)

The Harm Reduction Guide for Managing Drugs and Alcohol by Patt Denning, Jeannie Little, Adina Glickman

Doing a decisional balance means mulling over the possibilities, the pros and the cons, the possible impact of making a change.

Google previewAdvanced Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription 7th Edition (2014)

by Heyward, Vivian H., Gibson, Ann

Balance is an especially important component of functional fitness for older adults in terms of preventing falls, performing activities of daily living (ADLs), and maintaining functional independence. In the United States, more than one-third of ...

Google previewGender in Transition (2013)

A New Frontier by Joan Offerman-Zuckerberg

The leadership balance is an inequality, but here the nonstereotypic traits are stronger than the stereotypic traits. The conventional gender stereotypes are also reversed, so that it is the woman who is highly masculine-typed and the man who ...

Google previewBalance Training (2009)

Stability Workouts for Core Strength and a Sculpted Body by Karon Karter

The ability to balance is a complex. the stabilizing muscles of your trunk.

Since balance is the foundation for all human movement, you'll keep your neuromuscular system functioning at an optimal level, too. • You'll fine-tune your sensory ...

Google previewA Lexicon of Economics (2014)

by Kenyon A. Knopf

BALANCE OF TRADE try and the rest of the world. They draw on the analogy of a firm's balance sheet, in which networth provides an “accommodating” entry to balance the difference between assets and liabilities. They hold that a country's ...

Google previewThe Asia-Pacific Security Lexicon (2002)

by David H. Capie, Paul M. Evans

According to Kenneth Waltz, "if there is any distinctively political theory of international politics, balance of power theory is it."1 While the idea of the balance of power is often taken for granted in writings on security, as Waltz himself notes, it has ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Health Economics (2008)

by Anthony J. Culyer

Balance. Billing. The practice whereby health care providers collect from patients the difference between the fees they have charged and the reimbursement they receive from insurers. In some jurisdictions (for example, Canada) it is prohibited ...

Google previewDictionary of Health Insurance and Managed Care (2006)

by David E. Marcinko, MBA, CFP, CMP

BALANCE SHEET RESERVE PLAN AVOIDABLE HOSPITAL CONDITIONS: Hospitalizations not needed, if appropriate intervention was provided earlier in the course of care and medical treatment. AVOIDANCE OF RISK: One of four ...

Google previewThe Politician's Dictionary, Or, A Compendium of Political Knowledge (1776)

Containing Historical Remarks on the Interests, Connections, Forces, Revenues, Wealth, Credit, Debts, Taxes, Commerce, Manufactures, &c. of the Different States of Europe : Digested Alphabetically : ... Useful to the Gentleman, Merchant, and Farmer

BALANCE of TRADE, to a manufacturing nation, is very clearly of great importance. To know the progress of trade from time to time, and to be able to discover pretty accurately the balance, because, whatever is paid to other countries in bullion ...

Google previewAn Encyclopedia of Keynesian Economics, Second edition (2013)

by Thomas Cate

Introduction The balance of payments (BOP) summarizes a country's trade of goods, services and financial assets with the rest of the world. It can be understood as an accounting statement. Credit entries reflect inflows of foreign currency in a ...

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Quotes about Balance

Balance is so important in our lives. In our busy world, we can give ourselves balance between thinking and feeling. (Yakov Smirnoff)
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Scrabble value of B3A1L1A1N1C3E1

The value of this 7-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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