She had trouble keeping her balance as the boat rocked back and forth.
The skater suddenly lost his balance and fell.
Another skater bumped into him and knocked him off balance.
Gymnasts need flexibility and balance.
She has a good sense of balance.
To provide balance in her news story, she interviewed members of both political parties.
Temperature changes could upset the delicate balance of life in the forest.
To lose weight you need the proper balance of diet and exercise.
The food had a perfect balance of sweet and spicy flavors.
It's important to keep your life in balance. Verb
I find it difficult to balance on one foot.
He had trouble balancing on his skis.
He helped his daughter balance on her bicycle before she started peddling.
The legislature is still trying to balance the state's budget.
He balances his checkbook every month.
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It’s not the most powerful from the brand, but it’s the best balance of sound and size for most living rooms.WIRED, 28 Nov. 2022 But the House — with a current balance of 21 Republicans in a 40-seat chamber — has not yet formed a majority.
Iris Samuels, Anchorage Daily News, 26 Nov. 2022 Such rapid change is alarming and is already disrupting the delicate balance of life on Earth.
Joel Shannon, USA TODAY, 25 Nov. 2022 Taking an approach like TikTok creators jordanismylawyer and legalbaddie who have a balance of personal and professional content could be an option.
Jules Terpak, Washington Post, 23 Nov. 2022 The acid can change the pH balance of a watershed, causing die-offs of aquatic life and leaching heavy metals from rocks which, in turn, can accumulate in plants and make their way up the food chain.
Emily Witt, The New Yorker, 21 Nov. 2022 That compares with a negative balance of $2.18 billion the prior-year period, indicating a cash surplus.
Mark Maurer, WSJ, 21 Nov. 2022 Importantly, investors expect Iger to re-evaluate Disney’s streaming strategy, in particular the balance of subscriber growth to profitability.
Caitlin Huston, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Nov. 2022 Use persimmons, plums, figs and kiwi for the best balance of tartness and sweetness and color. Get the recipe.
Ben Mimscooking Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 20 Nov. 2022
Fresh rosemary and lemon zest lend just enough freshness to balance out the hearty starch—and give a hat tip to other recipes that star on your holiday table.
Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, 16 Nov. 2022 Think of flavor profiles you like best in drinks and pick contrasting flavors to balance it out — and don't forget the garnish.The Courier-Journal, 14 Nov. 2022 Are there ways to balance screen time while still creating a healthy home environment?Anchorage Daily News, 22 July 2022 Thankfully, there are ways to balance your workload and maintain a handle on your various tasks.
Expert Panel®, Forbes, 16 June 2022 How to put together a practice plan, how to balance individual development and team work.
Theo Mackie, The Arizona Republic, 31 Oct. 2022 During Green and Fox's relationship, sources told PEOPLE the two were at odds over how to balance family life with work.
Ingrid Vasquez, Peoplemag, 31 Oct. 2022 Brady and Durant shared their thoughts on how to balance work and life outside of their sport.
Analis Bailey, USA TODAY, 18 Oct. 2022 Said boy falls head over heels, and must figure out how to balance the demands of his heart while chasing his artistic dreams.
Andy Meek, BGR, 1 Oct. 2022 See More
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Noun and Verb
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin *bilancia, from Late Latin bilanc-, bilanx having two scalepans, from Latin bi- + lanc-, lanx plate
: the relation in physiology between the intake of a particular substance and its excretion—used with positive when the intake of a substance is greater than the body's excretion of it and with negative when the intake of a substance is less than the body's excretion of it see nitrogen balance, water balance
: the maintenance (as in laboratory cultures) of a population at about the same condition and level