balance Definition

  • 1an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady
  • 2a situation in which different elements are equal or in the correct proportions
  • 3the difference between credits and debits in an account

Using balance: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "balance" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She lost her balance and fell off the bike.

  • Example

    The balance of power shifted after the war.

  • Example

    I need to check my bank balance before making any purchases.

balance Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using balance

  • hang in the balance

    to be uncertain or undecided


    The outcome of the election hangs in the balance.

  • to cause someone to become confused or disoriented


    The unexpected question threw him off balance during the interview.

  • to make a situation fairer or more equal


    The new policy aims to redress the balance between employers and employees.

Phrases with balance

  • strike a balance

    to find a compromise between two things


    It's important to strike a balance between work and personal life.

  • balance of probabilities

    the standard of proof required in most civil cases


    The judge ruled in favor of the plaintiff on the balance of probabilities.

  • the idea that all living things are interdependent and in harmony with their environment


    Human activity has disrupted the balance of nature.

Origins of balance

from Old French 'balance' meaning 'scales, balance'


Summary: balance in Brief

The term 'balance' [ˈbæləns] refers to even distribution of weight, correct proportions, or the difference between credits and debits in an account. It can describe physical stability, as in 'She lost her balance and fell off the bike,' or abstract concepts like 'balance of power.' Phrases like 'strike a balance' and idioms like 'hang in the balance' demonstrate the importance of balance in decision-making and outcomes.

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