• "Balancing the bag on his friend's head."
    "Balancing the bag on his friend's head."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n balancer either of the rudimentary hind wings of dipterous insects; used for maintaining equilibrium during flight
    • n balancer an acrobat who balances himself in difficult positions
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Balancing Tricks Balancing Tricks
Dutchess balances a lump of sugar on her nose Dutchess balances a lump of sugar on her nose
Joseph balances precariously on one leg Joseph balances precariously on one leg
A self-sustaining or balanced aquarium A self-sustaining or balanced aquarium

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Julius Caesar, Martin Luther and Jonathan Swift all suffered from Ménièr's disease. It is a disorder of the hearing and balance senses causing hissing, roaring or whistling sounds to be perceived.
    • Balancer (Zoöl) In Diptera, the rudimentary posterior wing.
    • Balancer One who balances, or uses a balance.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The world record for balancing people on your head is 92 in one hour.
    • n balancer One who balances or weighs; a weigher of things in or as in a balance.
    • n balancer An acrobat; one who balances himself.
    • n balancer One who or that which keeps a thing or things in equilibrium; that which maintains or helps to maintain something in a state of balance or equipoise.
    • n balancer Specifically, in entomology, a halter (which see); a poiser; the small organ supposed to be useful in balancing the body; one of a pair of slender processes with clubbed ends placed near the insertion of the wings, especially of dipterous insects.
    • n balancer In herpetology, an elongate cylindrical rod protruding from each side of the head of larval salamanders, in front of the gills: permanently retained in certain forms, as the cæcilias and some salamanders.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Lang Martin balanced seven golf balls vertically without adhesive at Charlotte, NC on 9 February 1980.
    • ns Balancer an acrobat
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  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “People with great gifts are easy to find, but symmetrical and balanced ones never.”
  • Maxwell Maltz
    “Man maintains his balance, poise, and sense of security only as he is moving forward.”
  • Blum Ralph
    Blum Ralph
    “Know thyself. Nothing in excess. The Self is required to balance the Self.”
  • George Orwell
    “Most people get a fair amount of fun out of their lives, but on balance life is suffering, and only the very young or the very foolish imagine otherwise.”
  • John Naisbitt
    John Naisbitt
    “We must learn to balance the material wonders of technology with the spiritual demands of our human race.”
  • Lenore Fleischer
    Lenore Fleischer
    “Thinking in words slows you down and actually decreases comprehension in much the same way as walking a tightrope too slowly makes one lose one's balance.”


Hang in the balance - If an outcome is hanging in the balance, there are at least two possibilities and it is impossible to predict which will win out.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.—L. bilanx, having two scales—bis, double, lanx, lancis, a dish or scale.


In literature:

Were I to set another commercial orchard of the same size it would contain 500 Duchess and the balance Wealthy.
"Trees, Fruits and Flowers of Minnesota, 1916" by Various
Would these weigh with any woman in the balance against George Dalton's splendid trappings?
"The Trumpeter Swan" by Temple Bailey
Follow my example: go straight ahead for whatever you desire, provided it's not robbery, and let things balance themselves.
"A Crooked Path" by Mrs. Alexander
Unconnected with its consequences, the fortune of the day was nearly balanced.
"The Life of George Washington, Vol. 4 (of 5)" by John Marshall
One such caught him as he was about to take a step and threw him suddenly off balance.
"Ralestone Luck" by Andre Norton
He never balanced two courses of action against each other.
"Prisoners" by Mary Cholmondeley
His mind is normally balanced.
"Applied Psychology for Nurses" by Mary F. Porter
What poetry lacks of sensuous fulness, it more than balances by intellectual intensity.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
This balance will be still maintained when the block is removed and the wire is vibrated as a whole.
"Response in the Living and Non-Living" by Jagadis Chunder Bose
But he lacked their every other balance.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
The left arm is not used, but held straight in front to help balance the body.
"Swimming Scientifically Taught" by Frank Eugen Dalton and Louis C. Dalton
If you could not repay a good deed to the one you owed, you must balance the Eternal Scales in another fashion.
"Star Hunter" by Andre Alice Norton
His respect for the doctor rose in proportion, especially when the devotion was weighed in the balance against a fine practice.
"The Emigrant Trail" by Geraldine Bonner
Besides, it's plain Jack was excited and a little off his balance.
"Wyndham's Pal" by Harold Bindloss
Seventy warriors traveled ahead of me: I war placed with the women and boys; and after us the balance of the braves.
"Eleven Years in the Rocky Mountains and Life on the Frontier" by Frances Fuller Victor
They only substituted a balance of cold and warm colours for the balance of lines which the older painters had used.
"Modern Painting, Its Tendency and Meaning" by Willard Huntington Wright
While still off balance from the blow that hurt, he tried to swing a roundhouse left.
"The Lone Ranger Rides" by Fran Striker
The specimen was mounted on the Balanced Crescograph, and the growth exactly balanced.
"Life Movements in Plants, Volume II, 1919" by Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
Would the fact that weight varies on going from the equator to either pole be shown by a spring balance or a beam balance?
"Physics" by Willis Eugene Tower
The water relations are not completely balanced, but are fairly close.
"Significant Achievements in Space Bioscience 1958-1964" by National Aeronautics and Space Administration

In poetry:

The jacinth has spilled odour on your hair,
The balance of your neck is like a jacinth;
You have set a star of green between your brows.
Come, my beloved!
"Come, My Beloved" by Edward Powys Mathers
'While we are starving!' cried his love;
'But they are watching!' said his fear.
'Twixt hell below and heaven above—
What dost thou on the balance here?
"Leawood Hall" by Ernest Jones
"While we are starving!" cried his love;
"But they are watching!" said his fear.
'Twixt hell below and heaven above—
What dost thou on the balance here?
"Plough And Loom" by Ernest Jones
Prince, tastes may differ; mine and thine
Quite other balances are scaled in;
May you succeed, though I repine -
"The many things I've tried and failed in!"
"Ballade Of His Books" by Andrew Lang
Not mine to watch the wild swan drift above,
Balanced on wings that could not choose between
The wooing sky, blue as the eye of love,
And my own tender green.
"The City Tree" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
Not one of the prisoners regained sexual balance.
Depressions, impotency, sleeplessness…erotic
dispersion in languages, reading, games, music,
and gymnastics.
"Notes On Vision" by James Douglas Morrison

In news:

The balance operation equalizes the individual voltages of each cell until the difference between each reaches 0.01 volts or less.
There are no technical reasons to implement a firewall in front of your load balancers .
Let's consider how a load balancer works for simple load balancing flow: A TCP flow from the client to the server flows through the load balancer .
Load balancers perform the same function, just like a firewall.
Water contained in ship-balancing ballasts can potentially transport invasive species to the Great Lakes.
For my job, I try to maintain some sort of balance between developing both savory and sweet recipes.
I have a personal loan with my bank with a balance of $13,911.
Cash has been piling up on companies' balance sheets since before the crisis.
A three-level postgrad hangout that balances sports-watching, D.J.
Raechal Leone Shewfelt Yahoo Balance.
No 14 Gannon (3-1) received balanced offensive production, as five Golden Knights finished with double-digit points.
The aromas of summer flowers enhance Beefeater 's key-note citrus character and deliver a softer gin with a well-balanced taste of floral and herbal notes and just the right kick of juniper, the signature taste of gin.
Looks like Pauly D may have upset the delicate GTL balance.
Place birds on grill or in oven balanced by the beer can s.
The big complaint from the business lobby these days concerns a "lack of clarity" about federal regulation that prevents companies from using all that cash piling up on balance sheets to hire workers and make major investments.

In science:

For every a ∈ [M ], the number of u’s that are bad for a and B is < S (since T is (S, nk )-strongly balanced and we can take into account the first balancing property of such tables).
On generating independent random strings
We cal l it balanced if k1 = k2 and wil l simply say a balanced monomial has degree k if it is degree (k , k). A polynomial is of degree k if it is a sum of balanced monomials of degree at most k.
Large Deviation Bounds for k-designs
The system is divided in three blocks of N equations: the first N equations impose the weight force balance in each position (on the z axis); the following 2N equations impose the balance of torques along both the x and y axes.
Calibration of force actuators on an adaptive secondary prototype
To achieve this, we introduce the notion of d-rigid and balanced partitions (S, A, B ) which are maximally balanced in the sense that no vertex subset of certain size from the larger part, say B , can be moved to the smaller one |A| to create a new balanced partition.
Treewidth of Erd\"{o}s-R\'{e}nyi Random Graphs, Random Intersection Graphs, and Scale-Free Random Graphs
A d-rigid and balanced l-partition generalizes Kloks’s balanced l-partition by requiring that any vertex set of size at most d in the larger subset of a partition cannot be moved to the other subset of the partition, and hence the word “rigid”.
Treewidth of Erd\"{o}s-R\'{e}nyi Random Graphs, Random Intersection Graphs, and Scale-Free Random Graphs
Let J1 be the total number of balanced βn-partition W = (S, A, B ) such that |A| ≤ |B | ≤ |A| + d, and let J2 be the total number of balanced βn-partition W = (S, A, B ) such that |B | > |A| + d and W is d-rigid.
Treewidth of Erd\"{o}s-R\'{e}nyi Random Graphs, Random Intersection Graphs, and Scale-Free Random Graphs
We have EG(n,m) [IW ] = PG(n,m) {W is a d-rigid and balanced βn−partition} = PG(n,m) {W is a balanced βn-partition} × PG(n,m) {W is d-rigid | W is a balanced βn−partition} .
Treewidth of Erd\"{o}s-R\'{e}nyi Random Graphs, Random Intersection Graphs, and Scale-Free Random Graphs
Perhaps even more importantly, the procedure maps all the distances to a scalar to measure balance; this assumes that the researcher is willing to reduce balance within pairs for some pre-treatment variables in order to achieve a larger improvement for other variables.
Rejoinder: Matched Pairs and the Future of Cluster-Randomized Experiments
And Zhang and Small’s point is clearly correct that one can often do better by considering balance on all pairs simultaneously in the context of scalar distance-based balancing.
Rejoinder: Matched Pairs and the Future of Cluster-Randomized Experiments
It was subsequently shown in , that the large distance gravitational field of a spherically symmetric source has a very different behavior in the HL theory with detailed balance than GR, a fact that excludes HL gravity with detailed balance as a description of low energy observable gravity.
On Horava-Lifshitz "Black Holes"
For example, this is the behavior found in , that studied the entropy in the detailed balance and deformed detailed balance cases.
On Horava-Lifshitz "Black Holes"
Since Pα is not quasi-random for balanced α-cuts, this still leaves the case of balanced cuts open.
The Quasi-Randomness of Hypergraph Cut Properties
In , Kuo and Trudinger proved maximum principle and mean value inequality for balanced operators in general meshes, which may be applied to balanced walks with possibly big jumps.
Quenched invariance principle for random walks in balanced random environment
Since FATT is balanced and dynamic tree the performances like I/Os and computation costs is compared with existing balanced and dynamic tress such as M-tree, Slim-tree, HCT. The FATT consistently outperforms irrespective of the database size .
Feature-Based Adaptive Tolerance Tree (FATT): An Efficient Indexing Technique for Content-Based Image Retrieval Using Wavelet Transform
For a subset A of E , then the set T − BC4 (A) = ∩{G ⊂ E | G ⊃ A and G is an L0 -balanced, L0 -convex and T -closed set with the countable concatenation property} is cal led the L0 -balanced, L0-convex, T -closed countable concatenation hul l of A.
Recent progress in random metric theory and its applications to conditional risk measures