unbalance

verb
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

unbalance

noun

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 The acquisition of Pepe only unbalances the squad further. Jonathan Wilson, SI.com, "Arsenal's Pepe Signing an Admirable Risk, But Won't Fix Club's Structural Problems," 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, "A fired up Puerto Rico braces for clashes over the island’s next leader," 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, "Just say no: Wi-Fi-enabled appliance botnet could bring power grid to its knees," 17 Aug. 2018 Austerity’s main effect was not to rebalance the budget, but to unbalance it differently. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, "When Governments Refuse to Choose," 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, "Trump’s White House Sabotages His Own Madman Act," 2 Oct. 2017 This forces the defense to unbalance, which limits its ability to disguise its intentions. Andy Benoit, SI.com, "10 Things Season Preview: Cleveland Browns," 27 July 2017 Many healthcare experts, including insurers, have suggested this approach would result in young and healthy people purchasing minimal plans, unbalancing risk pools and leaving older and sicker Americans to shoulder higher costs. Philip Elliott, Time, "New Senate Republican Health Plan Struggles to Win Over Critics," 14 July 2017 Many healthcare experts, including insurers, have suggested this approach would result in young and healthy people purchasing minimal plans, unbalancing risk pools and leaving older and sicker Americans to shoulder higher costs. Philip Elliott, Time, "New Senate Republican Health Plan Struggles to Win Over Critics," 14 July 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Planned or not, the unbalance was befitting, punctuating an evening that unsettled and sometimes even assaulted the senses. Washington Post, "With analog Music Easels, Eternal Now paints a serendipitous aural landscape," 11 Nov. 2019 This unbalance can escalate, and the blades may start hitting the casing that contains them. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "What Really Happens When a Drone Strikes an Airplane," 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, "Jose Mourinho 'Sends Scouts to Old Firm Derby' Admit Continued Interest in Young Celtic Star," 16 Apr. 2018 In the end, Richards still felt there was unbalance there — but was happy to at least get an apology. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Lisa Vanderpump and Kyle Richards' Friendship on the Rocks After Bitter Battle: 'It Hurts'," 6 Feb. 2018 Multiple personnel groups, multiple formations, unbalance, shifts, motions, trades. Kevin Cunningham, ajc, "Penn State’s James Franklin names Week 1 players of the week, previews Pittsburgh game," 5 Sep. 2017 White has a solid center where the World Champion now decides to create some unbalance to activate his pieces.) Michael Ciamarra, AL.com, "Alabama chess player prepares for national tournament, world champ outplayed on home turf," 18 June 2017

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First Known Use of unbalance

Verb

1854, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1855, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unbalance was in 1854

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unbalance

verb
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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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