June 2, 2015
When two opposite forces are in balance, they have the same weight, the same strength, an equal power, or something has been restored to a state of equality.
This word is often used to refer to a distribution of weight:
- If he loses his balance, he'll fall off of the surfboard.
- Have you ever tried to balance something with your hands?
- You have to have a good sense of balance to be a dancer.
- Jose lost his balance and fell off of his bicycle.
He's just about to lose his balance.
This word is popularly used when talking about a busy lifestyle:
- Jennifer is trying to balance a full-time job with her responsibilities as a mother of three kids.
- Bob is balancing three part-time jobs.
- You can balance a career and your personal interests if you learn how to manage your time.
The word "balance" can be used to refer to a bank statement or a loan statement:
- What's the balance on my account? (What's the total amount of money available?)
- I need to check my balance. Can you tell me what it is please?
- It's important to balance your checkbook every month so that you know exactly how much money you have.
- The bank might charge you a fee if you have a negative balance.
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