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Balance vs. Poise: What's the Difference?

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"Balance" primarily denotes stability achieved by even distribution, while "Poise" refers to graceful and controlled composure or bearing.

Key Differences

"Balance" and "Poise" are both terms that refer to a kind of equilibrium, but they are applied in different contexts and have nuances in meaning. "Balance" commonly implies an even distribution or equilibrium, whether it's in the context of physical weight, emotional stability, or managing responsibilities. On the other hand, "Poise" often connotes grace, elegance, and controlled composure, especially in behavior or manner.
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In the realm of physicality, "Balance" refers to the state where weight is equally distributed, ensuring that someone or something does not fall or topple. "Poise," in this context, might refer to the way someone holds themselves, a graceful control in movement or posture. For instance, a ballet dancer requires both balance to stand on tiptoe and poise to do it elegantly.
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From an emotional or mental perspective, "Balance" can denote a harmonious state where different elements are in proportion, like balancing work and leisure. "Poise," in a similar context, would refer to an individual's composed and confident manner, especially during stressful situations.
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In terms of usage, while "Balance" can be both a noun and a verb, "Poise" is predominantly used as a noun. However, both words can be incorporated into descriptive phrases. Someone might "strike a balance" between two conflicting interests, whereas another person might "maintain their poise" in challenging scenarios.
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To summarize, while both words imply a type of equilibrium, "Balance" leans more towards even distribution and stability, while "Poise" captures the essence of grace, elegance, and composed control.
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Oct 10, 2023
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Comparison Chart

Primary Meaning

Stability achieved by even distribution.
Graceful and controlled composure or bearing.
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Contextual Usage

Physical, emotional, responsibilities.
Behavior, posture, manner.
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Grammatical Nature

Primarily noun, can be verb.
Predominantly noun.
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Connotations

Stability, equilibrium, harmony.
Elegance, grace, control.
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Idiomatic Use

"Strike a balance."
"Maintain one's poise."
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Balance and Poise Definitions

Balance

A state of emotional or mental stability.
She maintains a balance between work and relaxation.
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Poise

Graceful and controlled composure or bearing.
She answered the difficult questions with poise.
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Balance

To compare different elements to achieve equilibrium.
We need to balance our expenses and income.
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Poise

A state of balance or equilibrium.
The rock was in poise on the hill's edge.
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Balance

An instrument to measure weight or mass.
The chemist used a balance to measure the chemicals.
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Poise

Dignified, self-confident manner or carriage.
His poise impressed the interviewers.
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Balance

See Libra.
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Poise

To carry or hold in equilibrium; balance
I poised the pencil on the edge of the table.
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Balance

A weighing device, especially one consisting of a rigid beam horizontally suspended by a low-friction support at its center, with identical weighing pans hung at either end, one of which holds an unknown weight while the effective weight in the other is increased by known amounts until the beam is level and motionless. Also called scale.
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Poise

To cause to be ready or about to do something
She is poised to win the nomination.
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Balance

A state of equilibrium or parity characterized by cancellation of all forces by equal opposing forces.
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Poise

To be balanced or held in suspension
She poised at the end of the diving board.
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Balance

The power or means to decide
Matters that fell outside the judge's balance.
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Poise

Confident composure; self-possession
Answered the reporters' questions with poise.
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Balance

A state of bodily equilibrium
Thrown off balance by a gust of wind.
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Poise

Bearing of the body, especially when graceful
A ballerina's poise.
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Balance

The ability to maintain bodily equilibrium
Gymnasts must have good balance.
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Poise

A centimeter-gram-second unit of dynamic viscosity equal to one dyne-second per square centimeter.
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Balance

A harmonious or satisfying arrangement or proportion of parts or elements, as in a design.
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Poise

A state of balance, equilibrium or stability.
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Balance

An influence or force tending to produce equilibrium; counterpoise.
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Poise

Composure; freedom from embarrassment or affectation.
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Balance

The difference in magnitude between opposing forces or influences.
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Poise

Mien; bearing or deportment of the head or body.
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Balance

Equality of totals in the debit and credit sides of an account.
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Poise

A condition of hovering, or being suspended.
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Balance

The difference between such totals, either on the credit or the debit side.
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Poise

(physics) A CGS unit of dynamic viscosity equal to one dyne-second per square centimetre.
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Balance

Something that is left over; a remainder.
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Poise

(obsolete) Weight; an amount of weight, the amount something weighs.
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Balance

(Chemistry) Equality of mass and net electric charge of reacting species on each side of an equation.
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Poise

The weight, or mass of metal, used in weighing, to balance the substance weighed.
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Balance

(Mathematics) Equality with respect to the net number of reduced symbolic quantities on each side of an equation.
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Poise

That which causes a balance; a counterweight.
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Balance

A balance wheel.
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Poise

(obsolete) To hang in equilibrium; to be balanced or suspended; hence, to be in suspense or doubt.
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Balance

To determine the weight of (something) in a weighing device.
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Poise

(obsolete) To counterpoise; to counterbalance.
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Balance

To consider and compare or assess
Balanced the pros and cons before making a choice.
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Poise

(obsolete) To be of a given weight; to weigh.
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Balance

To bring into or maintain in a state of equilibrium.
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Poise

(obsolete) To add weight to, to weigh down.
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Balance

To act as an equalizing weight or force to; counterbalance.
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Poise

To hold (something) with or against something else in equilibrium; to balance, counterpose.
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Balance

To compute the difference between the debits and credits of (an account).
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Poise

To hold (something) in equilibrium, to hold balanced and ready; to carry (something) ready to be used.
I poised the crowbar in my hand, and waited.
To poise the scales of a balance
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Balance

To reconcile or equalize the sums of the debits and credits of (an account).
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Poise

To keep (something) in equilibrium; to hold suspended or balanced.
The rock was poised precariously on the edge of the cliff.
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Balance

To settle (an account, for example) by paying what is owed.
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Poise

To ascertain, as if by balancing; to weigh.
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Balance

To bring into or keep in equal or satisfying proportion or harmony.
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Poise

Weight; gravity; that which causes a body to descend; heaviness.
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Balance

Mathematics & Chemistry To bring (an equation) into balance.
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Poise

The weight, or mass of metal, used in weighing, to balance the substance weighed.
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Balance

To move toward and then away from (a dance partner).
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Poise

The state of being balanced by equal weight or power; equipoise; balance; equilibrium; rest.
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Balance

To be in or come into equilibrium.
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Poise

That which causes a balance; a counterweight.
Men of unbounded imagination often want the poise of judgment.
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Balance

To be equal or equivalent.
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Poise

A dignified and self-confident manner; graceful composure and tact in handling difficult social situations.
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Balance

To sway or waver as if losing or regaining equilibrium.
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Poise

To balance; to make of equal weight; as, to poise the scales of a balance.
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Balance

To move toward and then away from a dance partner.
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Poise

To hold or place in equilibrium or equiponderance.
Nor yet was earth suspended in the sky;Nor poised, did on her own foundation lie.
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Balance

(uncountable) A state in which opposing forces harmonise; equilibrium.
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Poise

To counterpoise; to counterbalance.
One scale of reason to poise another of sensuality.
To poise with solid sense a sprightly wit.
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Balance

(uncountable) Mental equilibrium; mental health; calmness, a state of remaining clear-headed and unperturbed.
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Poise

To ascertain, as by the balance; to weigh.
He can not sincerely consider the strength, poise the weight, and discern the evidence.
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Balance

Something of equal weight used to provide equilibrium; counterweight.
These weights are used as a balance for the overhanging verandah
Blair thought he could provide a useful balance to Bush's policies.
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Poise

To weigh (down); to oppress.
Lest leaden slumber peise me down to-morrow.
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Balance

A pair of scales.
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Poise

To hang in equilibrium; to be balanced or suspended; hence, to be in suspense or doubt.
The slender, graceful sparsPoise aloft in air.
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Balance

(uncountable) Awareness of both viewpoints or matters; neutrality; rationality; objectivity.
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Poise

A cgs unit of dynamic viscosity equal to one dyne-second per square centimeter; the viscosity of a fluid in which a force of one dyne per square centimeter maintains a velocity of 1 centimeter per second
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Balance

(uncountable) The overall result of conflicting forces, opinions etc.; the influence which ultimately "weighs" more than others.
The balance of power finally lay with the Royalist forces.
I think the balance of opinion is that we should get out while we're ahead.
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Poise

A state of being balanced in a stable equilibrium
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Balance

(uncountable) Apparent harmony in art (between differing colours, sounds, etc.).
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Poise

Great coolness and composure under strain;
Keep your cool
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Balance

(accounting) A list accounting for the debits on one side, and for the credits on the other.
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Poise

Be motionless, in suspension;
The bird poised for a few moments before it attacked
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Balance

(accounting) The result of such a procedure; the difference between credit and debit of an account.
I just need to nip to a bank and check my balance.
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Poise

Prepare (oneself) for something unpleasant or difficult
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Balance

(watchmaking) A device used to regulate the speed of a watch, clock etc.
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Poise

Cause to be balanced or suspended
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Balance

The remainder.
The balance of the agreement remains in effect.
The invoice said he had only paid $50. The balance was $220.
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Poise

Hold or carry in equilibrium
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Balance

Libra.
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Poise

A manner of holding or positioning oneself.
The model struck a poise for the camera.
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Balance

(transitive) To bring (items) to an equipoise, as the scales of a balance by adjusting the weights.
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Poise

To hold or carry in equilibrium.
She poised the book on her head.
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Balance

To make (concepts) agree.
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Balance

(transitive) To hold (an object or objects) precariously; to support on a narrow base, so as to keep from falling.
I balanced my mug of coffee on my knee.
The circus performer balances a plate on the end of a baton.
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Balance

(transitive) To compare in relative force, importance, value, etc.; to estimate.
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Balance

To move toward, and then back from, reciprocally.
To balance partners
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Balance

(nautical) To contract, as a sail, into a narrower compass.
To balance the boom mainsail
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Balance

(transitive) To make the credits and debits of (an account) correspond.
This final payment, or credit, balances the account.
To balance a set of books
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Balance

(intransitive) To be in equilibrium.
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Balance

(intransitive) To have matching credits and debits.
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Balance

To weigh in a balance.
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Balance

To hesitate or fluctuate.
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Balance

An apparatus for weighing.
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Balance

Act of weighing mentally; comparison; estimate.
A fair balance of the advantages on either side.
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Balance

Equipoise between the weights in opposite scales.
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Balance

The state of being in equipoise; equilibrium; even adjustment; steadiness.
And hung a bottle on each sideTo make his balance true.
The order and balance of the country were destroyed.
English workmen completely lose their balance.
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Balance

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.
I still think the balance of probabilities leans towards the account given in the text.
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Balance

A balance wheel, as of a watch, or clock. See Balance wheel (in the Vocabulary).
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Balance

The constellation Libra.
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Balance

To bring to an equipoise, as the scales of a balance by adjusting the weights; to weigh in a balance.
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Balance

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.
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Balance

To equal in number, weight, force, or proportion; to counterpoise, counterbalance, counteract, or neutralize.
One expression . . . must check and balance another.
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Balance

To compare in relative force, importance, value, etc.; to estimate.
Balance the good and evil of things.
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Balance

To settle and adjust, as an account; to make two accounts equal by paying the difference between them.
I am very well satisfied that it is not in my power to balance accounts with my Maker.
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Balance

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.
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Balance

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.
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Balance

To move toward, and then back from, reciprocally; as, to balance partners.
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Balance

To contract, as a sail, into a narrower compass; as, to balance the boom mainsail.
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Balance

To have equal weight on each side; to be in equipoise; as, the scales balance.
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Balance

To fluctuate between motives which appear of equal force; to waver; to hesitate.
He would not balance or err in the determination of his choice.
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Balance

To move toward a person or couple, and then back.
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Balance

A state of equilibrium
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Balance

A scale for weighing; depends on pull of gravity
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Balance

Equality between the totals of the credit and debit sides of an account
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Balance

Harmonious arrangement or relation of parts or elements within a whole (as in a design);
In all perfectly beautiful objects there is found the opposition of one part to another and a reciprocal balance
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Balance

Equality of distribution
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Balance

Something left after other parts have been taken away;
There was no remainder
He threw away the rest
He took what he wanted and I got the balance
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Balance

The difference between the totals of the credit and debit sides of an account
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Balance

(astrology) a person who is born while the sun in in Libra
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Balance

The seventh sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about September 23 to October 22
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Balance

(mathematics) an attribute of a shape or relation; exact correspondence of form on opposite sides of a dividing line or plane
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Balance

An equivalent counterbalancing weight
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Balance

A wheel that regulates the rate of movement in a machine; especially a wheel oscillating against the hairspring of a timepiece to regulate its beat
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Balance

Bring into balance or equilibrium;
She has to balance work and her domestic duties
Balance the two weights
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Balance

Compute credits and debits of an account
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Balance

Hold or carry in equilibrium
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Balance

Be in equilibrium;
He was balancing on one foot
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Balance

Stability achieved when two opposing forces are equal.
The seesaw reached a balance.
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Balance

The remaining amount in an account.
Check the balance in your savings account.
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FAQs

Can "balance" be a verb?

Yes, as in "balance the books."
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Can "poise" refer to physical balance?

Yes, it can mean a state of balance or equilibrium.
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Are "balance" and "poise" synonyms?

They're related but have distinct nuances; "balance" denotes stability, "poise" suggests graceful composure.
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Is "balance" used in financial contexts?

Yes, like checking the "balance" in an account.
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How do "balance" and "poise" relate to equilibrium?

Both imply a type of equilibrium, but "poise" adds an element of grace and control.
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How does "poise" relate to behavior?

It refers to a composed, dignified manner, especially under pressure.
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Is "poise" often used in the context of posture?

Yes, referring to a graceful or controlled manner of holding oneself.
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Can "balance" imply emotional stability?

Yes, like maintaining a "balance" between stress and relaxation.
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Is "poise" always about gracefulness?

Mostly, but it can also mean simple equilibrium.
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Can "balance" refer to a tool?

Yes, a "balance" can be a tool for measuring weight.
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