To turn the balance

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To turn the balance to change the preponderance; to decide or determine something doubtful; to tip the balance.
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Usage

In literature:

She, knowing nothing of this which moved him, believed only that he weighed her words in hesitation, and strove to turn the balance.
"Under Two Flags" by Ouida [Louise de la Ramee]
The balance I am quite willing to turn over to you, and when it is all gone I will move somewhere else.
"Felix O'Day" by F. Hopkinson Smith
But the triumph of quiet skill I like; and I love to turn the balance on my enemies.
"Springhaven" by R. D. Blackmore
And the turn of the balance is now to them.
"Lorna Doone" by R. D. Blackmore
Dorothy's efforts were directed to turning the balance in the scale toward life.
"A Girl in Ten Thousand" by L. T. Meade
By having a total vibration of the balance of 1 1/2 turns, which is equal to 540deg.
"An Analysis of the Lever Escapement" by H. R. Playtner
A cry beneath the window, a sudden, unexpected noise might be sufficient to turn the frail balance.
"The Love Affairs of Pixie" by Mrs George de Horne Vaizey
He therefore did not cease to live, but a straw might have turned the balance to the side of death.
"Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)" by F. Marion Crawford
He had begun to think the balance had really turned.
"The One-Way Trail" by Ridgwell Cullum
By the time he regained his balance and turned to face the barred door again, it was locked.
"Thin Edge" by Gordon Randall Garrett
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In poetry:

So turn him over on his toes again;
Four pin-point toes, and a problematical thumb-piece,
Four rowing limbs, and one wedge-balancing head,
Four and one makes five, which is the clue to all mathematics.
"Tortoise Shell" by D H Lawrence
Heel and toe, heel and toe,
That is the song we sing;
Turn to your partner and curtsey low,
Balance and forward and swing.
Corners are draughty and meadows are white,
This is the game for a winter's night.
"The Dance" by Paul Laurence Dunbar

In news:

It's not as if Demi Moore or Sharon Stone were about to turn up on the balance beam .
The Atonement star, who turned 30 in August (12), is adamant her emotions have balanced out in recent years and now she can't wait for middle-age as she will feel less inclined to keep up appearances.
Hold for 30 seconds, then turn to the left and balance on right forearm, feet staggered and left arm up.
If you come out on balance, well positioned for the next turn, you can start to establish a rhythm.
Anne Linders, front right, pivots to catch up with the play by using her mallet to balance and turn a sharper circle.
After hearing in late October that the Hubbard Museum of the American West's museum fund balance could turn red in days, Ruidoso Downs city councilors next week are scheduled to consider fixes.
Thomas celebrates a milestone year as it turns 65 and continues to strike the right balance between tradition and remaining fresh for the next generation.
To test for unbalanced blades, attach a clothespin about halfway down one of the blades and then turn the fan back on to see if the clothespin's weight balanced out the wobble .
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In science:

As we will show, this topology makes it possible to efficiently locate nodes with the most free resources, which in turn enables load balancing with no central server.
Balanced Overlay Networks (BON): Decentralized Load Balancing via Self-Organized Random Networks
This turned out to give the best balance between the quality of the obtained colourings and the computational cost.
Colouring random graphs and maximising local diversity
For strictly balanced graphs (2) will turn out to give the correct value for thH .
Factors in random graphs
We now turn to the more difficult case of finding copies of a fixed balanced graph or hypergraph.
Combinatorial theorems in sparse random sets
In GADGET-3 domain decomposition is performed by allowing disjointed segments of the Peano– Hilbert curve to be assigned to the same computing unit, thus turning into a significant improvement of the work– load balance when run over a large number of processors.
The effects of baryons on the halo mass function
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