: physical equilibrium
- 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.
: 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")
: 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.
: 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
: 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
: 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
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