a condition in which opposing forces are equal to one another <in order to determine the weight of that beaker, you need to get the two pans of the scale in perfect balance>
a balanced, pleasing, or suitable arrangement of parts <the balance of the landscaping is in keeping with the symmetry of so many 18th-century mansions>
a device for measuring weight <use a balance to make sure you get the amounts precisely correct>
a force or influence that makes an opposing force ineffective or less effective <the balance to the mountain of complaints are the many letters of praise that we also receive> Synonyms balance
a remaining group or portion <and the balance of the contestants should stand in that last corner> Related Words fragment
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