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(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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


(n.) An apparatus for weighing.


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


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


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


(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.


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


(n.) The constellation Libra.


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


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


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


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


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


(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.


(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. 1828.

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