:an instrument for weighing: such as
:a beam that is supported freely in the center and has two pans of equal weight suspended from its ends
:a device that uses the elasticity of a spiral spring for measuring weight or force
:a means of judging or deciding
- the balance of a free election
:a counterbalancing weight, force, or influence
- The comedic character serves as a balance to the serious subject matter of the play.
:an oscillating wheel operating with a hairspring to regulate the movement of a timepiece
:stability produced by even distribution of weight on each side of the vertical axis
- when the two sides of the scale are in balance
- tipped the statue off balance
:equipoise between contrasting, opposing, or interacting elements
- … the balance we strike between security and freedom.
- —Earl Warren
- Both parties were interviewed to provide balance in the report.
- the right balance of diet and exercise
:equality between the totals of the two sides of an account
:an aesthetically pleasing integration of elements
- achieving balance in a work of art
:the juxtaposition in writing of syntactically parallel (see 1parallel 3c) constructions containing similar or contrasting ideas (such as "to err is human; to forgive, divine")
- trouble keeping your balance on a sailboat
- lost his balance and fell
- a boxer kept off balance for a whole round
:the ability to retain one's balance
- Gymnasts must have a good sense of balance.
:weight or force of one side in excess of another
- The balance of the evidence lay on the side of the defendant.
:something left over :remainder
- answers will be given in the balance of this chapter
- —R. W. Murray
:an amount in excess especially on the credit side of an account
- has a comfortable balance in the bank
- You must maintain a minimum balance of $1000 in your account to avoid fees.
:mental and emotional steadiness
- I doubt that Thoreau would be thrown off balance by the fantastic sights and sounds of the 20th century.
- —E. B. White
in the balance
:with the fate or outcome about to be determined
- our future hangs in the balance as we await his decision
:with all things considered
- the meeting went well on balance