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balance beam a long wooden horizontal beam raised about four feet above the floor, on which women gymnasts perform various balancing routines. [2 definitions]
balance of payments the difference between a nation's payments to another nation and its receipts from the other nation, including imports, exports, and other flow of capital.
balance of power a sufficient distribution of military or economic power among governments to prevent any one from excessively dominating others. [2 definitions]
balance of trade the difference in value between a country's total imports and its total exports.
balance sheet a financial statement of an individual's or business's assets and liabilities on a given date.
balance wheel a wheel that regulates the movement of parts of a mechanism, as in a watch or a music box.
hang in the balance to be very uncertain.
keep one's balance to stay upright.
lose one's balance to become unstable or fall.
off-balance made or done while one is not physically balanced.
trial balance in double-entry bookkeeping, a statement of all open debit and credit balances, usu. made to test their equality before a final statement is issued.