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Balance

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(1):

(n.) To support on a narrow base, so as to keep from falling; as, to balance a plate on the end of a cane; to balance one's self on a tight rope.

(2):

(n.) To compare in relative force, importance, value, etc.; to estimate.

(3):

(n.) To settle and adjust, as an account; to make two accounts equal by paying the difference between them.

(4):

(n.) To equal in number, weight, force, or proportion; to counterpoise, counterbalance, counteract, or neutralize.

(5):

(n.) To bring to an equipoise, as the scales of a balance by adjusting the weights; to weigh in a balance.

(6):

(n.) A movement in dancing. See Balance, v. i., S.

(7):

(n.) To move toward, and then back from, reciprocally; as, to balance partners.

(8):

(n.) An apparatus for weighing.

(9):

(n.) Act of weighing mentally; comparison; estimate.

(10):

(n.) Equipoise between the weights in opposite scales.

(11):

(n.) The state of being in equipoise; equilibrium; even adjustment; steadiness.

(12):

(n.) An equality between the sums total of the two sides of an account; as, to bring one's accounts to a balance; - also, the excess on either side; as, the balance of an account.

(13):

(n.) A balance wheel, as of a watch, or clock. See Balance wheel (in the Vocabulary).

(14):

(n.) The constellation Libra.

(15):

(n.) The seventh sign in the Zodiac, called Libra, which the sun enters at the equinox in September.

(16):

(v. i.) To have equal weight on each side; to be in equipoise; as, the scales balance.

(17):

(n.) To contract, as a sail, into a narrower compass; as, to balance the boom mainsail.

(18):

(v. i.) To move toward a person or couple, and then back.

(19):

(v. i.) To fluctuate between motives which appear of equal force; to waver; to hesitate.

(20):

(n.) To arrange accounts in such a way that the sum total of the debits is equal to the sum total of the credits; as, to balance a set of books.

(21):

(n.) To make the sums of the debits and credits of an account equal; - said of an item; as, this payment, or credit, balances the account.


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Webster, Noah. Entry for 'Balance'. Noah Webster's American Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/web/b/balance.html. 1828.

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