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 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 Puerto Rico’s political crisis appeared to deepen on Wednesday as the island’s outgoing governor and legislators — including those from his own party — clashed over who should be the next leader of a U.S. territory unbalanced by massive protests. DÁnica Coto, chicagotribune.com, 31 July 2019 Soltan, Mittal, and Poor found that an attack focused on unbalancing supply across a grid could cause line failures as power is moved from one part of the grid to another. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, 17 Aug. 2018 Austerity’s main effect was not to rebalance the budget, but to unbalance it differently. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, 12 Apr. 2018 Anthony Scaramucci made an entire second career out of consoling jittery donors by convincing them that Trump’s erratic behavior was actually carefully calibrated to unbalance his enemies and appeal to his base. Bess Levin, The Hive, 2 Oct. 2017 This forces the defense to unbalance, which limits its ability to disguise its intentions. Andy Benoit, SI.com, 27 July 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 Planned or not, the unbalance was befitting, punctuating an evening that unsettled and sometimes even assaulted the senses. Washington Post, 11 Nov. 2019 This unbalance can escalate, and the blades may start hitting the casing that contains them. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, 22 Dec. 2016 However, since his departure, Shaw has failed to live up to expectations at Old Trafford while Young, who has enjoyed a superb campaign this term, being right-footed provides an unbalance down the flank. SI.com, 16 Apr. 2018

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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 1 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unbalance

: to cause (something or someone) to stop being balanced, steady, stable, etc.

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