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[ˈbæləns] noun I
1) [U] the ability to remain steady in an upright position
He lost his balance and tipped backwards in the chair.[/ex]
Ted kept pulling my arm, throwing me off balance.[/ex]
2) [C/U] a situation in which different aspects or features are treated equally or exist in the correct relationship to each other
A healthy diet is about getting the correct balance of a variety of foods.[/ex]
We're trying to strike a balance between fun and learning.[/ex]
3) [C] the amount of money in a bank account or remaining to be paid for something
4) [singular] the majority of information, opinions, or facts
The balance of public opinion was against the proposal.[/ex]
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5) [U] mental or emotional calm
She quickly recovered her balance after the outburst.[/ex]
balance of payments — the difference between the amount of money that a country pays to foreign countries and the amount it receives from them[/ex]
balance of power — the way in which military or political power is divided between countries or groups[/ex]
be/hang in the balance — if something is in the balance, you do not know whether it will succeed or fail[/ex]
on balance — after thinking about all the relevant facts[/ex]
On balance, I think we made the right decision.[/ex]
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verb
balance */[ˈbæləns]
1) [I] to keep your body steady without falling over, or to put something in a steady position so that it does not fall
We had to balance our plates on our knees.[/ex]
2) [T] to create or preserve a good or correct balance between different features or aspects
We have to balance the needs and tastes of all our customers.[/ex]
There is a need to balance the demands of the workplace with those of family life.[/ex]
balance the budget / books — to make sure that you do not spend more money than you receive[/ex]

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  • balance — or Balance [bal′əns] n. [ME & OFr, prob. via ML < VL * bilancia < LL bilanx, having two scales < L bis, twice + lanx, a dish, scale < IE * elek , extended stem of base * el , to bend > ELBOW] 1. an instrument for weighing, esp. one …   English World dictionary

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