• "Balancing the bag on his friend's head."
    "Balancing the bag on his friend's head."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n balancing getting two things to correspond "the reconciliation of his checkbook and the bank statement"
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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


  • Eric Hoffer
    “Action is at bottom a swinging and flailing of the arms to regain one's balance and keep afloat.”
  • Plutarch
    “Prosperity is no just scale; adversity is the only balance to weigh friends.”
  • John Bright
    John Bright
    “If this phrase of the balance of power is to be always an argument for war, the pretext for war will never be wanting, and peace can never be secure.”
  • William Joseph Slim
    William Joseph Slim
    “When you cannot make up your mind which of two evenly balanced courses of action you should take -- choose the bolder.”
  • T. L. Scrutton
    T. L. Scrutton
    “In a balanced organization, working towards a common objective, there is success.”
  • Ezra Pound
    “A civilized man is one who will give a serious answer to a serious question. Civilization itself is a certain sane balance of values.”


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.


In literature:

A balance stood in the middle of this counter.
"A Man for the Ages" by Irving Bacheller
Castlereagh's Balance of Power is what I believe mathematicians call a multiple balance.
"Essays in Liberalism" by Various
A graceful figure, a proud head, a slender hand, a foot so small that I wondered if it really poised, balanced or supported her young body.
"The Princess Elopes" by Harold MacGrath
To the balance add caraway seeds, a little citron, nutmeg or a few currants.
"Mrs. Wilson's Cook Book" by Mary A. Wilson
This is a perfectly round pin driven firmly in the balance rail.
"Piano Tuning" by J. Cree Fischer
But, if all men were farmers, the economic balance would be disturbed.
"The Vitalized School" by Francis B. Pearson
Would these weigh with any woman in the balance against George Dalton's splendid trappings?
"The Trumpeter Swan" by Temple Bailey
It is usually balanced by strips held against the pressure or balance plate by one or more springs.
"The Traveling Engineers' Association" by Anonymous
The placid calm soothes frayed nerves and works wonders in restoring balance and perspective toward family and business problems.
"If You're Going to Live in the Country" by Thomas H. Ormsbee and Richmond Huntley
With the Doctor gone, Hilda shut herself up in the office to balance her books.
"The Tin Soldier" by Temple Bailey

In poetry:

'Then far rumours of her ill-usage
Came, like a chilling breath
When a man languisheth;
Followed by news that her mind lost balance,
And, in a space, of her death.
"The Cheval-Glass" by Thomas Hardy
And that the moon spins round the earth, and on with the earth, is
equally wonderful,
And that they balance themselves with the sun and stars, is equally
"Who Learns My Lesson Complete?" by Walt Whitman
Smooth down the Avenue glitters the bicycle,
Black-stockinged legs under navy blue serge,
Home and Colonial, Star, International,
Balancing bicycle leant on the verge.
"Myfanwy" by Sir John Betjeman
Yet say, can reflection no comfort bestow?
Is no blessing mixed in thy chalice of woe?
Has justice unerring the balance resign'd
Or the Father of Mercy forgot to be kind?
"The Consolation" by Caroline Fry
Three of the balancing dancing geese are dim and black,
And three are white and clear because of the moon;
In what explanatory dawn will our souls
Be seen to be the same?
"We Two In A Park At Night" by Edward Powys Mathers
"Fifteen each side, the combatants divide,
So nicely balanced are their predilections;
And first of all a tear-drop each lets fall,
A tribute to their obsolete affections.
"How To Not Settle It" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

His Majesty's Balance Sheet .
Beijing Cotton Outlook Issues Cotton China Balance Sheet.
The balance sheet on Barack Obama stands at zero right now.
Bird Cage Cleaning Products Help Tidy Up Balance Sheet.
Veolia Cleaning Up Balance Sheet.
Related White Papers in Balance Sheet.
A Nonprofit Corporation's Balance Sheet.
ALM tools help CUs determine which loans best fit their balance sheets.
Review focuses on just one side of balance sheet.
Lifestyle retailer Z Gallerie has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in what it says is a strategy to strengthen its balance sheet as it moves forward with its remaining 57 stores.
Commercial Development Stains New Mexico CU's Balance Sheet.
Review of Acme's Income Statement and Balance Sheet.
Earth in the Balance Sheet.
I've been thinking a lot about balance sheets recently, and not just because of our never-ending federal debt problem.
He took time out to talk about how he balances the two sports at the 2012 Area Code Games Presented by New Balance.

In science:

Suppose that Q is structure balanced in relation to P and that R is structure balanced in relation to P ⊲ Q.
Decomposition tables for experiments. II. Two--one randomizations
Lemma 2.1 shows that, if Q and R are both structure balanced in relation to P , then they are also structure balanced in relation to P ⊲ R and P ⊲ Q, respectively, with λP⊲Q,R = λP⊲R,Q = 0 unless P = P0 , Q = Q0 and R = R0 .
Decomposition tables for experiments. II. Two--one randomizations
Lemma 1.3. An element of a semi-simple Lie algebra g is balanced if and only if it is h-balanced for some Cartan subalgebra h.
Generators of simple Lie superalgebras in characteristic 0
We first identify a combinatorial ob ject, called a balanced table, that characterizes a Kolmogorov extractor, in the sense that the table of a Kolmogorov extractor must satisfy the combinatorial constraints of a balanced table.
Symmetry of information and bounds on nonuniform randomness extraction via Kolmogorov extractors
Since balanced tables with the required parameters are abundant, we infer that there exists a seed s so that NW-gen(s) is a balanced table with the required parameters. A balanced table is an ob ject of size exponential in n, which implies that the seed s has size polynomial in n.
Symmetry of information and bounds on nonuniform randomness extraction via Kolmogorov extractors