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Definition 1: a scale for weighing; depends on pull of gravity - [noun denoting artifact]

(balance is a kind of ...) a measuring instrument for weighing; shows amount of mass

(... is a kind of balance ) a balance consisting of a lever with two equal arms and a pan suspended from each arm

(... is a kind of balance ) a balance that generates a current proportional to the displacement of the pan

(... is a kind of balance ) balance for weighing very small objects

(... is a kind of balance ) a balance that measure weight by the tension on a helical spring

(... is a kind of balance ) a portable balance consisting of a pivoted bar with arms of unequal length

Definition 2: a weight that balances another weight - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for balance in the sense of this definition

(balance is a kind of ...) an artifact that is heavy

(... is a kind of balance ) a counterweight for a sliding sash

(... is a kind of balance ) (chemical analysis) a counterweight used in chemical analysis; consists of an empty container that counterbalances the weight of the container holding chemicals

Definition 3: 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 - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for balance in the sense of this definition

(balance is a kind of ...) a simple machine consisting of a circular frame with spokes (or a solid disc) that can rotate on a shaft or axle (as in vehicles or other machines)

(... is part of balance) a measuring instrument or device for keeping time

Definition 4: harmonious arrangement or relation of parts or elements within a whole (as in a design) - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where balance or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • in all perfectly beautiful objects there is found the opposition of one part to another and a reciprocal balance

Synonyms for balance in the sense of this definition

(balance is a kind of ...) the spatial property of the way in which something is placed

"the arrangement of the furniture" "the placement of the chairs"

Definition 5: (mathematics) an attribute of a shape or relation; exact reflection of form on opposite sides of a dividing line or plane - [noun denoting attribute]

Synonyms for balance in the sense of this definition

(balance is a kind of ...) any property relating to or occupying space

(... is a kind of balance ) a property of polygons: the property of having equal sides and equal angles

(... is a kind of balance ) the property of being symmetrical about a vertical plane

(... is a kind of balance ) the property of symmetry about an axis

"the starfish illustrates radial symmetry"

(balance belongs to category ...) a science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic of quantity and shape and arrangement

Definition 6: the seventh sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about September 23 to October 22 - [noun denoting location]

Synonyms for balance in the sense of this definition

(balance is an instance of ...) (astrology) one of 12 equal areas into which the zodiac is divided

Definition 7: (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Libra - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for balance in the sense of this definition

(balance is a kind of ...) a human being

"there was too much for one person to do"

(balance belongs to category ...) a pseudoscience claiming divination by the positions of the planets and sun and moon

Definition 8: equality between the totals of the credit and debit sides of an account - [noun denoting possession]

(balance is a kind of ...) the quality of being the same in quantity or measure or value or status

(... is a kind of balance ) a balance of debits and credits in double-entry bookkeeping; drawn up to test their equality

(... is part of balance) a statement of recent transactions and the resulting balance

"they send me an accounting every month"

Definition 9: the difference between the totals of the credit and debit sides of an account - [noun denoting possession]

(balance is a kind of ...) the number that remains after subtraction; the number that when added to the subtrahend gives the minuend

(... is a kind of balance ) the difference in value over a period of time of a country's imports and exports of merchandise

"a nation's balance of trade is favorable when its exports exceed its imports"

(... is a kind of balance ) the accumulated and undivided profits of a corporation after provision has been made for dividends and reserves

(... is a kind of balance ) a minimum credit balance that a bank may require a borrower to keep on deposit as a condition for granting a loan; a common requirement for establishing a line of credit at a bank

"the compensating balance increases the effective interest rate to the bank since the net amount loaned is reduced but the interest paid is unchanged"

(... is a kind of balance ) the difference in value over a period of time of a country's imports and exports of services and payments of property incomes

Definition 10: something left after other parts have been taken away - [noun denoting linkdef]

Samples where balance or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • there was no remainder
  • he threw away the rest
  • he took what he wanted and I got the balance

Synonyms for balance in the sense of this definition

(balance is a kind of ...) something determined in relation to something that includes it

"he wanted to feel a part of something bigger than himself" "I read a portion of the manuscript" "the smaller component is hard to reach" "the animal constituent of plankton"

(... is a kind of balance ) a small part or portion that remains after the main part no longer exists

Definition 11: equality of distribution - [noun denoting shape]

Synonyms for balance in the sense of this definition

(balance is a kind of ...) a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts

"the structure consisted of a series of arches" "she wore her hair in an amazing construction of whirls and ribbons"

(... is a kind of balance ) a symmetrical arrangement of the parts of a thing

(... is a kind of balance ) balance among the parts of something

Definition 12: a state of equilibrium - [noun denoting state]

(balance is a kind of ...) a stable situation in which forces cancel one another

(... is a kind of balance ) a balance between and interplay of opposing elements or tendencies (especially in art or literature)

"there is a tension created between narrative time and movie time" "there is a tension between these approaches to understanding history"

(... is a kind of balance ) an equilibrium between the amounts of electrolytes (as calcium and sodium and potassium) that is essential for normal health and functioning

(... is a kind of balance ) the balance between the amount of nitrogen taken in (to the soil or the body) and the amount given off (lost or excreted)

Definition 13: hold or carry in equilibrium - [verb of contact]

Synonyms for balance in the sense of this definition

(balance is a kind of ...) support or hold in a certain manner

"She holds her head high" "He carried himself upright"

(... is a kind of balance ) hold with difficulty and balance insecurely

"the player juggled the ball"

(balance has a similar meaning as ...) bring into balance or equilibrium

"She has to balance work and her domestic duties" "balance the two weights"

Definition 14: compute credits and debits of an account - [verb of possession]

(balance is a kind of ...) keep an account of

Definition 15: bring into balance or equilibrium - [verb of stative]

Samples where balance or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She has to balance work and her domestic duties
  • balance the two weights

Synonyms for balance in the sense of this definition

(balance is a kind of ...) make correspond or harmonize

"Match my sweater"

(... is a kind of balance ) make complete or perfect; supply what is wanting or form the complement to

"I need some pepper to complement the sweet touch in the soup"

(... is a kind of balance ) adjust for

"engineers will work to correct the effects or air resistance"

(... is a kind of balance ) make up for

"His skills offset his opponent's superior strength"

(... is a kind of balance ) compensate for or counterbalance

"offset deposits and withdrawals"

(... is a kind of balance ) balance in flight by regulating the control surfaces

"trim an airplane"

(balance has a similar meaning as ...) hold or carry in equilibrium

(balance has a similar meaning as ...) be in equilibrium

"He was balancing on one foot"

Definition 16: be in equilibrium - [verb of stative]

Samples where balance or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He was balancing on one foot

(balance is a kind of ...) have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

"John is rich" "This is not a good answer"

(balance has a similar meaning as ...) bring into balance or equilibrium

"She has to balance work and her domestic duties" "balance the two weights"

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