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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.
bald-faced bold; brazen; shameless.
baldhead a person whose head is bald; baldpate. [2 definitions]
balding losing one's hair; becoming bald.
baldpate a brown freshwater duck with a white crown; wigeon. [2 definitions]
baldric a belt, often decorated, that is worn over the shoulder and diagonally across the body to carry a sword or bugle.
Baldwin a moderately tangy winter apple grown in the northeastern United States.
bale a large, tightly packed bundle usu. tied with cord or wire. [2 definitions]