noun the constellation libra.
2. balance ·noun an apparatus for weighing.
3. balance ·noun a movement in dancing. ·see balance, ·vi, s.
4. balance ·noun act of weighing mentally; comparison; estimate.
5. balance ·noun equipoise between the weights in opposite scales.
6. balance ·vi to move toward a person or couple, and then back.
7. balance ·noun to move toward, and then back from, reciprocally; as, to balance partners.
8. balance ·noun the state of being in equipoise; equilibrium; even adjustment; steadiness.
9. balance ·noun a balance wheel, as of a watch, or clock. ·see balance wheel (in the vocabulary).
10. balance ·vi to have equal weight on each side; to be in equipoise; as, the scales balance.
11. balance ·noun to contract, as a sail, into a narrower compass; as, to balance the boom mainsail.
12. balance ·noun to compare in relative force, importance, value, ·etc.; to estimate.
13. balance ·noun the seventh sign in the zodiac, called libra, which the sun enters at the equinox in september.
14. balance ·noun to bring to an equipoise, as the scales of a balance by adjusting the weights; to weigh in a balance.
15. balance ·noun to settle and adjust, as an account; to make two accounts equal by paying the difference between them.
xvi. balance ·noun to equal in number, weight, force, or proportion; to counterpoise, counterbalance, counteract, or neutralize.
xvii. balance ·vi to fluctuate between motives which appear of equal force; to waver; to hesitate.
xviii. balance ·noun 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.
xix. balance ·noun 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.
xx. balance ·noun 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.
xxi. balance ·noun 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.