un·​bal·​ance | \ ˌən-ˈba-lən(t)s How to pronounce unbalance (audio) \
unbalanced; unbalancing

Definition of unbalance

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to put out of balance



Definition of unbalance (Entry 2 of 2)

: lack of balance : imbalance

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Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of unbalance in a Sentence

Verb If too many people stand up, it will unbalance the boat. The tax cuts have unbalanced the budget.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb To be sure, solely focusing on compensation for providers could also unbalance the delicate equation. Elliot Haspel, The Atlantic, 23 July 2022 With Dani Alves not registered for the competition, Dest can take advantage of the opportunity to impress while Xavi will also look to the likes of Adama Traore and Ousmane Dembele to unbalance the hosts. Tom Sanderson, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2022 For one thing, a Zoom call will completely unbalance my day. Liana Finck, The New Yorker, 20 Feb. 2022 This process will eventually unbalance the ecology of the region, raise local temperatures, and potentially impact our global climate. Greg Autry, Forbes, 24 Sep. 2021 In freestyle wrestling, athletes can use any part of the body to unbalance their opponent, for example through leg attacks or throws (in Greco-Roman wrestling, only the upper body and arms are used). Christa Sgobba, SELF, 4 Aug. 2021 Already, individual district programs and organizations such as ResearchEd and Teach for America all offer robust alternatives that could collectively unbalance the university monopoly. Daniel Buck, National Review, 21 Apr. 2021 Handing out a few candy bars will not unbalance your budget. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, 31 Oct. 2020 The acquisition of Pepe only unbalances the squad further. Jonathan Wilson, SI.com, 1 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Directorial impulses that seem designed to ratchet up the audience-pleasing quotients of some of his most famous plays, but that in one way or another unbalance them and diminish their inherent power. Peter Marks, Washington Post, 22 July 2022 The two sides were (and still are) unlikely to come to terms given the unbalance in value. oregonlive, 2 Nov. 2021 There’s a fatal unbalance as Alex spins out, in a minutely detailed personal and professional crisis, over a character depicted in broad and not particularly artful strokes. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 17 Sep. 2021 No, the loss of the horizontal stabilizers would result in an severe aerodynamic unbalance. John Cox, USA TODAY, 21 Jan. 2021 Components of the gut flora are also involved in digesting certain foodstuffs containing complex carbohydrates, and an unbalance in the relevant microbial mix is implicated in obesity. The Economist, 17 Oct. 2020 For example notions like asymmetry, unbalance, anything which challenges that basic idea of speed for the sake of it, can now be desirable. Luke Leitch, Vogue, 2 Oct. 2020 In most previous passenger car applications of this engine, the fourth harmonic unbalance occurs beyond the normal speed range. Car and Driver, 17 Apr. 2020 This time, sisters Anna and Elsa seek to restore a mysterious unbalance in Arendelle and discover buried secrets about their family on the way. Nina Huang, EW.com, 4 Apr. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of unbalance


1854, in the meaning defined above


1855, in the meaning defined above

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“Unbalance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unbalance. Accessed 29 Sep. 2022.

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