Antonyms for balance

Grammar : Noun, verb
Spell : bal-uhns
Phonetic Transcription : ˈbæl əns

Definition of balance

Origin :
  • early 13c., "apparatus for weighing," from Old French balance (12c.) "balance, scales for weighing," also in the figurative sense; from Medieval Latin bilancia, from Late Latin bilanx, from Latin (libra) bilanx "(scale) having two pans," possibly from Latin bis "twice" + lanx "dish, plate, scale of a balance." The accounting sense is from 1580s; the meaning "general harmony between parts" is from 1732; sense of "physical equipoise" is from 1660s. Balance of power in the geopolitical sense is from 1701. Many figurative uses are from Middle English image of the scales in the hands of personified Justice, Fortune, Fate, etc.; e.g. hang in the balance (late 14c.).
  • noun equilibrium
  • noun composure
  • noun money remaining in account
  • verb make equal; cause to have equilibrium
  • verb compare
  • verb make equal numerically
Example sentences :
  • I afterward sold their horse, and sent them the balance of the proceeds.
  • Extract from : « Harriet, The Moses of Her People » by Sarah H. Bradford
  • To make the balance even you have twenty years still to serve.'
  • Extract from : « The Grand Old Man » by Richard B. Cook
  • What can be done to balance the cost of foods used in a meal?
  • Extract from : « Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5 » by Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
  • He had weighed himself in the balance, and found himself wanting.
  • Extract from : « K » by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • His mind at this period was evidently shaken in some degree from its balance.
  • Extract from : « The Works of Whittier, Volume VI (of VII) » by John Greenleaf Whittier
  • He swung off, got his balance, and ran swiftly down the platform.
  • Extract from : « The Black Bag » by Louis Joseph Vance
  • She looked at him, as if her life lay in the balance of what she might read in his face.
  • Extract from : « Hetty's Strange History » by Anonymous
  • At the lowest mark, the balance will be even, and there'll be no obligation at all.
  • Extract from : « Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit » by Charles Dickens
  • If so, let me know the balance that I owe you, when we next meet.
  • Extract from : « Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit » by Charles Dickens
  • Not that I do not leave a balance to be settled one day, Pecksniff.'
  • Extract from : « Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit » by Charles Dickens

Synonyms for balance

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