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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Bal"ance
  1. An apparatus for weighing.
  2. Act of weighing mentally; comparison; estimate."A fair balance of the advantages on either side." [Atterbury.]
  3. Equipoise between the weights in opposite scales.
  4. The state of being in equipoise; equilibrium; even adjustment; steadiness."And hung a bottle on each side To make his balance true." [Cowper.]"The order and balance of the country were destroyed." [Buckle.]"English workmen completely lose their balance." [J. S. Mill.]
  5. 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."A balanceat the banker's." [Thackeray.]"I still think the balance of probabilities leans towards the account given in the text." [J. Peile.]
  6. [Horol] A balance wheel, as of a watch, or clock. See Balance wheelin the Vocabulary).
  7. [Astron]
    1. The constellation Libra.
    2. The seventh sign in the Zodiac, called Libra, which the sun enters at the equinox in September.
  8. A movement in dancing. See Balance (v. t.), 8.

Note: ☞ In its simplest form, a balance consists of a beam or lever supported exactly in the middle, having two scales or basins of equal weight suspended from its extremities. Another form is that of the Roman balance, our steelyard, consisting of a lever or beam, suspended near one of its extremities, on the longer arm of which a counterpoise slides. The name is also given to other forms of apparatus for weighing bodies, as to the combinations of levers making up platform scales; and even to devices for weighing by the elasticity of a spring.

Etymology: OE. balaunce, F. balance, fr. L. bilanx bilancis, having two scales; bis twice (akin to E. two) + lanx plate, scale

verb Bal"ance
  1. To bring to an equipoise, as the scales of a balance by adjusting the weights; to weigh in a balance.
  2. 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.
  3. To equal in number, weight, force, or proportion; to counterpoise, counterbalance, counteract, or neutralize."One expression . . . must check and balance another." [Kent.]
  4. To compare in relative force, importance, value, etc.; to estimate." Balance the good and evil of things." [L'Estrange.]
  5. To settle and adjust, as an account; to make two accounts equal by paying the difference between them."I am very well satisfied that it is not in my power to balance accounts with my Maker." [Addison.]
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. [Dancing] To move toward, and then back from, reciprocally; as, to balance partners.
  9. [Naut] To contract, as a sail, into a narrower compass; as, to balance the boom mainsail.
    synonyms: To poise; weigh; adjust; counteract; neutralize; equalize.

Etymology: From Balance (n.): cf. F. balancer

verb Bal"ance
  1. To have equal weight on each side; to be in equipoise; as, the scales balance .
  2. To fluctuate between motives which appear of equal force; to waver; to hesitate."He would not balance or err in the determination of his choice." [Locke.]
  3. [Dancing] To move toward a person or couple, and then back.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A scale for weighing; depends on pull of gravity
  2. 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
  3. A weight that balances another weight
  4. (mathematics) an attribute of a shape or relation; exact reflection of form on opposite sides of a dividing line or plane
  5. Harmonious arrangement or relation of parts or elements within a whole (as in a design) ("in all perfectly beautiful objects there is found the opposition of one part to another and a reciprocal balance")
  6. The seventh sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about September 23 to October 22
  7. (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Libra
  8. Equality between the totals of the credit and debit sides of an account
  9. The difference between the totals of the credit and debit sides of an account
  10. Something left after other parts have been taken away ("he took what he wanted and I got the balance")
  11. Equality of distribution
  12. A state of equilibrium
  13. Hold or carry in equilibrium
  14. Compute credits and debits of an account
  15. Bring into balance or equilibrium ("She has to balance work and her domestic duties" and "balance the two weights")
  16. Be in equilibrium

From Middle French balance, from Late Latin *bilancia, from (accusative form of) Latin bilanx (“two-scaled”), from bi- + lanx (“plate, scale”).

  1. (uncountable) a state in which opposing forces harmonise; equilibrium
  2. (uncountable) mental equilibrium; mental health; calmness, a state of remaining clear-headed and unperturbed
  3. something of equal weight used to provide equilibrium (literally or figuratively); counterweight
    These weights are used as a for the overhanging verandah.
    Blair thought he could provide a useful to Bush's policies.
  4. a pair of scales
  5. (uncountable) awareness of both viewpoints or matters; neutrality; rationality; objectivity
  6. (uncountable) the overall result of conflicting forces, opinions etc.; the influence which ultimately "weighs" more than others
    The of power finally lay with the Royalist forces.
    I think the of opinion is that we should get out while we're ahead.
  7. (uncountable) apparent harmony in art (between differing colours, sounds, etc.)
  8. (accounting) a list accounting for the debits on one side, and for the credits on the other.
  9. (accounting) the result of such a procedure; the difference between credit and debit of an account.
    I just need to nip to a bank and check my .
  10. (watchmaking) a device used to regulate the speed of a watch, clock etc.
  11. (law) the remainder.
    The of the agreement remains in effect.
  12. (obsolete, astrology) Libra

balance was also found in the following language(s): French, Latin, Middle French, Portuguese, and Spanish

Notable Persons With the Last Name Balance

John Balance was an industrial music, ambient music, electronic music, acid house, drone music, and noise music musician. He plays Synthesizer, Musical keyboard, Guitar, Bass guitar, Chapman Stick, Organ (music), Violin, and Vocals. His most notable accomplishments were from 1979 to 2004. John was given the name Geoffrey Laurence Burton on February 16th, 1962. John is also known as John Balance, Jhonn Balance, and Jhon Balance. He died on November 13th, 2004.


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Popularity of Balance as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Balance U.S.
  White 40.26% 64.26%
  African American 14.94% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 18.83% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 22.73% 16.26%

Of Last Name Balance

People with the last name Balance are most frequently White, African American, Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander, or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Balance

  • How Popular is the name Balance? As a last name Balance was the 113,791st most popular name in 2010.
  • How unique is the name Balance? Out of 5,743,017 records in the U.S. Social Security Administration public data, the first name Balance was not present. It is possible the name you are searching has less than five occurrences per year.
  • Weird things about the name Balance: Your name in reverse order is Ecnalab. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Elacabn. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Balance? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 154 people with the last name Balance.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Balance? Balance is one of the most unique last names recorded.

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What does the name Balance mean?

Bis for befriend, it is so easy for you.

Ais for appreciative, of all you have

Lis for listen, one of your best traits.

Ais for agreeable, the best side of you!

Nis for natural, the genuine side of you.

Cis for caress, a loving touch for your loved ones.

Eis for explorer, always ready for the next journey

Past life for Balance born Aug 31, 1926

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Austria approximately on 800. Your profession was warrior, hunter, fisherman, and executor of sacrifices.

You always liked to travel, to investigate, could have been detective or spy. Your lesson - to conquer jealousy and anger in yourself and then in those, who will select you as their guide. You should understand that these weaknesses are caused by fear and self-regret.

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.