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English noun: balance

1. balance (state) a state of equilibrium

Broader (hypernym)equilibrium

Narrower (hyponym)electrolyte balance, nitrogen balance, tension

Antonymsimbalance, unbalance, instability

2. balance (possession) equality between the totals of the credit and debit sides of an account

Broader (hypernym)equality

Narrower (hyponym)trial balance

Part meronymaccount, account statement, accounting

3. balance (attribute) harmonious arrangement or relation of parts or elements within a whole (as in a design)

SamplesIn all perfectly beautiful objects there is found the opposition of one part to another and a reciprocal balance.

Synonymsproportion, proportionality

Broader (hypernym)arrangement, placement

4. balance (shape) equality of distribution

Synonymscounterbalance, equilibrium, equipoise

Broader (hypernym)construction, structure

Narrower (hyponym)conformation, proportion, symmetry

5. balance something left after other parts have been taken away

SamplesThere was no remainder.
He threw away the rest.
He took what he wanted and I got the balance.

Synonymsremainder, residual, residue, residuum, rest

Broader (hypernym)component, component part, constituent, part, portion

Narrower (hyponym)leftover, remnant

6. balance (possession) the difference between the totals of the credit and debit sides of an account

Broader (hypernym)difference, remainder

Narrower (hyponym)balance of trade, carry-forward, carry-over, compensating balance, invisible balance, offsetting balance, trade balance, trade gap, visible balance

7. Balance (person) (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Libra


Broader (hypernym)individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul

Domain categoryastrology, star divination

8. Balance (location) the seventh sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about September 23 to October 22

SynonymsLibra, Libra the Balance, Libra the Scales

Instance hypernymhouse, mansion, planetary house, sign, sign of the zodiac, star sign

9. balance (attribute) (mathematics) an attribute of a shape or relation; exact reflection of form on opposite sides of a dividing line or plane

Synonymscorrespondence, symmetricalness, symmetry

Broader (hypernym)spatial property, spatiality

Narrower (hyponym)bilateral symmetry, bilateralism, bilaterality, geometrical regularity, radial symmetry, regularity

Domain categorymath, mathematics, maths

Antonymsasymmetry, dissymmetry, imbalance

10. balance (artifact) a weight that balances another weight

Synonymscounterbalance, counterpoise, counterweight, equaliser, equalizer

Broader (hypernym)weight

Narrower (hyponym)sash weight, tare

11. balance (artifact) a wheel that regulates the rate of movement in a machine; especially a wheel oscillating against the hairspring of a timepiece to regulate its beat

Synonymsbalance wheel

Broader (hypernym)wheel

Part meronymhorologe, timekeeper, timepiece

12. balance (artifact) a scale for weighing; depends on pull of gravity

Broader (hypernym)scale, weighing machine

Narrower (hyponym)beam balance, beam scale, electronic balance, lever scale, microbalance, spring balance, spring scale, steelyard

English verb: balance

1. balance (stative) bring into balance or equilibrium

SamplesShe has to balance work and her domestic duties.
Balance the two weights.

Synonymsequilibrate, equilibrise, equilibrize

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)fit, match

Narrower (hyponym)cancel, compensate, complement, correct, counterbalance, countervail, even off, even out, even up, make up, offset, offset, set off, trim

Verb groupbalance, balance, poise


2. balance (possession) compute credits and debits of an account

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)account, calculate

3. balance (contact) hold or carry in equilibrium


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)bear, carry, hold

Narrower (hyponym)juggle

Verb groupbalance, equilibrate, equilibrise, equilibrize

4. balance (stative) be in equilibrium

SamplesHe was balancing on one foot.

ExamplesThe children balance in the rocking chair, There balance some children in the rocking chair

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)be

Verb groupbalance, equilibrate, equilibrise, equilibrize

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