- 1 [uncountable, singular] a situation in which different things exist in equal, correct or good amounts see also imbalance This newspaper maintains a good balance in its presentation of different opinions. Tourists often disturb the delicate balance of nature on the island. His wife's death disturbed the balance of his mind. balance between A and B Try to keep a balance between work and relaxation. of body
- 2 [uncountable] the ability to keep steady with an equal amount of weight on each side of the body Athletes need a good sense of balance. I struggled to keep my balance on my new skates. She cycled round the corner, lost her balance and fell off. money
- 3 [countable, usually singular] the amount that is left after taking numbers or money away from a total to check your bank balance (= to find out how much money there is in your account) See related entries: Banking
- 4 [countable, usually singular] an amount of money still owed after some payment has been made The balance of $500 must be paid within 90 days. See related entries: Banking instrument for weighing
- 5 [countable] an instrument for weighing things, with a bar that is supported in the middle and has dishes hanging from each end Wordfinderaccount, balance, bank, credit, debit, deposit, interest, loan, statement, withdrawal Word Origin Middle English (in sense 5 of the noun): from Old French balance (noun), balancer (verb), based on late Latin (libra) bilanx
- 1to make somebody/something unsteady and in danger of falling I was thrown off balance by the sudden gust of wind.
- 2to make somebody surprised and no longer calm The senator was clearly caught off balance by the unexpected question. See related entries: Surprise