A balance (scale)




  • To bring (items) to an equipoise, as the scales of a balance by adjusting the weights.
  • To make (concepts) agree.
  • To hold (an object or objects) precariously; to support on a narrow base, so as to keep from falling.
  • To compare in relative force, importance, value, etc.; to estimate.
  • To move toward, and then back from, reciprocally.
  • To contract, as a sail, into a narrower compass.
  • To make the credits and debits of (an account) correspond.
  • To be in equilibrium.
  • To have matching credits and debits.
  • To weigh in a balance.
  • To hesitate or fluctuate.


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  • From Middle English balaunce, from Middle French balance, from Late Latin *bilancia, from (accusative form of) Latin bilanx ("two-scaled"), from bi- + lanx.

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