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baklava a dessert of various regions near the Mediterranean made from layers of flaky pastry, honey, and nuts.
baksheesh in several Near Eastern countries, a gift of money; tip.
Baku the capital of Azerbaijan.
balalaika a guitarlike musical instrument that has a triangular body and usu. three strings.
balance a state in which opposing forces are equal. [8 definitions]
balance beam a long wooden horizontal beam raised about four feet above the floor, on which women gymnasts perform various balancing routines. [2 definitions]
balanced not going too far in the direction of any extreme so that rationality, harmony, or stability is achieved; keeping to proper proportions.
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.
balata a tropical American tree with dark red wood that yields a latex sap. [2 definitions]
balboa the chief monetary unit of Panama, equaling one hundred centesimos.
balbriggan a knitted cotton cloth used in underwear, pajamas, and the like.
balcony an elevated platform projecting from the outer wall of a building, surrounded with a railing or low restraining wall. [2 definitions]
bald having little or no hair on the scalp. [4 definitions]
baldachin a silk brocade fabric having gold and silver threads. [3 definitions]
bald cypress a cone-bearing tree that grows in the swamps of the southeastern United States, the wood of which is used in construction and shipbuilding.
bald eagle a large eagle of the United States and Canada that has a white head and tail and a wingspan of about seven feet.
balderdash nonsensical speech or writing; foolish, unpersuasive argumentation.