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balance

bal·ance

balance

 
 
pronunciation:
bae lns
parts of speech:
noun, verb
phrases:
keep one's balance, lose one's balance
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: an instrument for weighing objects that has two flat pans hanging from or resting on a bar; scales.
 
synonyms:
scales
similar words:
measure
definition 2: a state in which opposite forces are equal.
Try to have a balance between work and play in your life.
synonyms:
equilibrium
similar words:
poise, symmetry
definition 3: the state of being steady in body or mind.
The dancer kept his balance while standing on one toe.
 
synonyms:
composure, steadiness
similar words:
poise, prudence, reason, sanity, self-control
definition 4: that which remains or is left over.
Mr. Morse was glad to see a large balance in his bank account.
synonyms:
remainder
similar words:
excess, rest, surplus
phrase: keep one's balance
phrase: lose one's balance
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: balanced, balances, balancing
definition 1: to hold steady.
The seal balanced a ball on its nose.
similar words:
align, arrange, coordinate, level, steady
definition 2: to be in or come into a state of balance.
The ballerina balanced on her toes.
similar words:
adapt, adjust, agree, correspond, match, poise, settle, steady, tally
Word History
Balance is from an early French word that means "having two plates or scales."
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