balance


balance
balance n 1 Balance, equilibrium, equipoise, poise, tension are comparable when denoting the stability or efficiency resulting from the equalization or exact adjustment of opposing forces.
Balance suggests a steadiness that results when all parts are properly adjusted to each other, when no one part or constituting force outweighs or is out of proportion to another
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kept her balance on the icy street

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keeping his emotional balance under stress

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the balance between civilian and military needs— Collier's Yr. Bk.

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establish an acceptable balance between satisfactions and frustrations— Kardiner

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I doubt that Thoreau would be thrown off balance by the fantastic sights and sounds of the 20th century— E. B. White

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Equilibrium may be interchangeable with balance
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retain physical and emotional equilibrium under stress

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but is more often restricted to a mechanically produced or producible property deriving from a thing's construction, support, or relation to external forces and then often suggests a tendency to return to an original position after disturbance
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a ship's equilibrium

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an equilibrium of opposing human impulses— Sinclair Lewis

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Establishing an equilibrium between the Western forces and a possible aggressor— Current History

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a fundamental lack of equilibrium between different aspects of the constitutional distribution of power— R. M. Dawson

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Equipoise suggests perfection of balance or stability of equilibrium
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to maintain... equipoise among contending interests— Butterfield

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the structure remains upright, a marvel of equipoise—Norman Douglas

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the equipoise of intellectual and pietistic interests in him— H. O. Taylor

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Poise denotes an equality of opposing or different things or forces and often implies a state or an appearance of perfect balance or serenity especially of mind
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the condition of a poise between widely divergent impulses and emotions that produces a strange serenity— Leavis

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the main characteristic of their blond gray-eyed colleague is quiet poise that stands her in good stead in the exciting, high-pressure work— Newsweek

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Tension in this relation implies strain, either a pull from both ends or an outward pressure in every direction, of such equality that there results a tautness without undue strain at any point; applied to a mental condition it implies an inner balanced vital opposition of moral or intellectual forces, powers, or qualities
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indolent as he was on all occasions which required tension of the mind, he was active and persevering in bodily exercise— Macaulay

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the whole tension of Gide's work is characterized in those sentences: the incessant dialectic of a man who knows no peace but the precarious equilibrium of opposites— Times Lit. Sup.

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in letting the whole physical system lose tone, for lack of the tension which gaiety imparts— Brownell

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2 *symmetry, proportion, harmony
3 *remainder, rest, residue, residuum, leavings, remnant, remains
balance vb 1 counterpoise, counterbalance, *compensate, countervail, offset
Analogous words: attune, *harmonize, tune: correspond, accord, square, *agree
2 poise, ballast, trim, *stabilize, steady
Analogous words: settle, *set: waver, sway, oscillate, fluctuate (see SWING): rock, *shake
Contrasted words: *overturn, upset, capsize

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  • Balance — (de) …   Kölsch Dialekt Lexikon

  • Balance — Bal ance (b[a^]l ans), n. [OE. balaunce, F. balance, fr. L. bilanx, bilancis, having two scales; bis twice (akin to E. two) + lanx plate, scale.] 1. An apparatus for weighing. [1913 Webster] Note: In its simplest form, a balance consists of a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • balance — BALANCE. s. f. Instrument dont on se sert pour peser, composé de deux bassins de même poids, suspendus à un fléau. Balance juste. Fausse balance. Les bassins, les plats d une balance. La languette d une balance. Le fléau d une balance. Tenir la… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • balance — BALANCE. subst. f. Instrument à deux bassins servant à peser. Balance juste. fausse balance. les bassins de la balance. la languette de la balance. le fleau de la balance. tenir la balance juste. faire pencher la balance. On dit que, Le poids… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Balance — Bal ance (b[a^]l ans), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Balanced} (b[a^]l anst); p. pr. & vb. n. {Balancing} (b[a^]l an*s[i^]ng).] [From {Balance}, n.: cf. F. balancer.] 1. To bring to an equipoise, as the scales of a balance by adjusting the weights; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • balance — 1. The noun is about four centuries older than the verb, and has derived several figurative uses from its primary meaning of ‘an apparatus for weighing’, as for example in accounting (where the notion of balancing the books is ever present) and… …   Modern English usage

  • balance — ► NOUN 1) an even distribution of weight ensuring stability. 2) mental or emotional stability. 3) a condition in which different elements are equal or in the correct proportions. 4) an apparatus for weighing, especially one with a beam and… …   English terms dictionary

  • Balance — bezeichnet: Gleichgewicht (Physik), ein Gleichgewicht von entgegenwirkenden Kräften oder Aspekten oder einen Zustand der Ausgewogenheit Ausgeglichenheit Eigenschaften einer Datenstruktur; siehe Balancierter Baum Balance (Magazin), ein von der… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Balance — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Balance puede referirse a: Balance (contabilidad), informe financiero que refleja la situación del patrimonio de una entidad en un momento determinado. Balance hídrico, el equilibrio entre todos los recursos hídricos …   Wikipedia Español

  • balance — or Balance [bal′əns] n. [ME & OFr, prob. via ML < VL * bilancia < LL bilanx, having two scales < L bis, twice + lanx, a dish, scale < IE * elek , extended stem of base * el , to bend > ELBOW] 1. an instrument for weighing, esp. one …   English World dictionary


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