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balance

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1 a condition in which opposing forces are equal to one another
  • in order to determine the weight of that beaker, you need to get the two pans of the scale in perfect balance

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2 a balanced, pleasing, or suitable arrangement of parts
  • the balance of the landscaping is in keeping with the symmetry of so many 18th-century mansions

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3 a device for measuring weight
  • use a balance to make sure you get the amounts precisely correct

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4 a force or influence that makes an opposing force ineffective or less effective
  • the balance to the mountain of complaints are the many letters of praise that we also receive

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5 a remaining group or portion
  • and the balance of the contestants should stand in that last corner

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balance

verb

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1 to make equal in amount, degree, or status
  • tried to balance the total amount of money spent on gifts for each child

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2 to show uncertainty about the right course of action
  • his tendency to balance and waffle on certain hot-button issues may hurt him in the general election

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3 to give what is owed for
  • she had to balance her account with the hotel before checking out of her room

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The first known use of balance was in the 13th century

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“Balance.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/balance. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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