Balance is having the right amount — not too much or too little — of any quality, which leads to harmony or evenness. You might admire the balance someone has achieved between working hard and having fun.

The noun form of balance can also describe finances: If you’re making monthly payments on a loan, the total amount you still owe is the balance. Balance is also the physical steadiness that keeps you on your feet. You balance your weight between both sides of your body. Balance has a verb form that has several shades of meaning, typically involving one thing correctly weighed against another, like when you balance your budget.

Definitions of balance
  1. noun

    harmonious arrangement or relation of parts or elements within a whole (as in a design)

    “”in all perfectly beautiful objects there is found the opposition of one part to another and a reciprocal
    balance“- John Ruskin”
    proportion, proportionality
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    arrangement, placement

    the spatial property of the way in which something is placed

  2. noun

    a state of equilibrium

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    imbalance, instability, unbalance

    a lack of balance or state of disequilibrium


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

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

    the balance between the amount of nitrogen taken in (to the soil or the body) and the amount given off (lost or excreted)
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    a stable situation in which forces cancel one another

  3. noun

    equality of distribution

    counterbalance, equilibrium, equipoise
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    a symmetrical arrangement of the parts of a thing
    proportion, symmetry

    balance among the parts of something
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    construction, structure

    a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts

  4. noun

    (mathematics) an attribute of a shape or relation; exact reflection of form on opposite sides of a dividing line or plane

    correspondence, symmetricalness, symmetry
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    asymmetry, dissymmetry, imbalance

    (mathematics) a lack of symmetry

    geometrical regularity, regularity

    a property of polygons: the property of having equal sides and equal angles
    bilateral symmetry, bilateralism, bilaterality

    the property of being symmetrical about a vertical plane
    radial symmetry

    the property of symmetry about an axis
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    spatial property, spatiality

    any property relating to or occupying space

  5. verb

    be in equilibrium

    “He was
    balancing on one foot”

    equilibrate, equilibrise, equilibrize

    bring into balance or equilibrium
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    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

  6. verb

    bring into balance or equilibrium

    “She has to
    balance work and her domestic duties”
    balance the two weights”
    equilibrate, equilibrise, equilibrize


    hold or carry in equilibrium
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    throw out of balance or equilibrium

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    make complete or perfect; supply what is wanting or form the complement to
    compensate, correct, counterbalance, even off, even out, even up, make up

    adjust for
    cancel, offset, set off

    make up for
    countervail, offset

    compensate for or counterbalance

    balance in flight by regulating the control surfaces
    counteract, counterbalance, countervail, neutralize

    oppose and mitigate the effects of by contrary actions

    compensate for a weaker partner or member by one’s own performance
    compensate, cover, overcompensate

    make up for shortcomings or a feeling of inferiority by exaggerating good qualities
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    fit, match

    make correspond or harmonize

  7. verb

    hold or carry in equilibrium


    equilibrate, equilibrise, equilibrize

    bring into balance or equilibrium
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    hold with difficulty and balance insecurely
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    bear, carry, hold

    support or hold in a certain manner

  8. noun

    something left after other parts have been taken away

    “he took what he wanted and I got the
    remainder, residual, residue, residuum, rest
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    leftover, remnant

    a small part or portion that remains after the main part no longer exists
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    component, component part, constituent, moiety, part, portion

    something determined in relation to something that includes it

  9. noun

    the difference between the totals of the credit and debit sides of an account

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    balance of trade, trade balance, trade gap, visible balance

    the difference in value over a period of time of a country’s imports and exports of merchandise
    carry-forward, carry-over

    the accumulated and undivided profits of a corporation after provision has been made for dividends and reserves
    compensating balance, offsetting 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
    invisible balance

    the difference in value over a period of time of a country’s imports and exports of services and payments of property incomes
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    difference, remainder

    the number that remains after subtraction; the number that when added to the subtrahend gives the minuend

  10. noun

    equality between the totals of the credit and debit sides of an account

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    trial balance

    a balance of debits and credits in double-entry bookkeeping; drawn up to test their equality
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    the quality of being the same in quantity or measure or value or status

  11. verb

    compute credits and debits of an account

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    account, calculate

    keep an account of

  12. noun

    a scale for weighing; depends on pull of gravity

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    beam balance

    a balance consisting of a lever with two equal arms and a pan suspended from each arm
    electronic balance

    a balance that generates a current proportional to the displacement of the pan

    balance for weighing very small objects
    spring balance, spring scale

    a balance that measure weight by the tension on a helical spring
    beam scale, lever scale, steelyard

    a portable balance consisting of a pivoted bar with arms of unequal length
    analytical balance, chemical balance

    a beam balance of great precision used in quantitative chemical analysis
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    scale, weighing machine

    a measuring instrument for weighing; shows amount of mass

  13. noun

    a weight that balances another weight

    counterbalance, counterpoise, counterweight, equaliser, equalizer
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    sash weight

    a counterweight for a sliding sash

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

  14. noun

    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

    balance wheel
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    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)

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