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American English: /ˈbæləns/
British English: /ˈbal(ə)ns/

Translation of balance in Spanish:


  • 1 countable (apparatus) to be o hang in the balance
    estar en el aire
    estar pendiente de un hilo
    tip2 1 1 1
    Example sentences
    • The atomic weight of an element - the quantity chemists could weigh with scales and balances - depends on the number of protons and neutrons, which have virtually equal masses.
    • In 1669 he invented the Roberval balance which is now almost universally used for weighing scales of the balance type.
    • By application of substitution weighing some systematic errors of the beam balance are omitted.
  • 2 uncountable 2.1 (physical) to keep/lose one's balance
    mantener/perder el equilibrio
    the blow caught him off balance
    el golpe lo agarró or (Spain) lo cogió desprevenido
    to throw somebody off balance
    (disconcert) desconcertar a alguien
    (lit: topple) hacer que alguien pierda el equilibrio
    Example sentences
    • Judo, I have been told, is all about exploiting subtle changes in balance and weight distribution.
    • The vertical semi-circular canals of the human ear are very large (unlike those of apes), to enable upright balance.
    • If your bridge elbow is locked, this is a sure sign of of poor balance and weight distribution.
    2.2 uncountable (equilibrium) the wheel is out of balance (Cars)
    la rueda está desequilibrada or (Latin America tb) desbalanceada
    mental balance
    equilibrio mental
    the balance of power
    el equilibrio político or de poder
    la correlación de fuerzas
    the Liberals hold the balance of power
    los Liberales son el partido bisagra
    to achieve/maintain a balance
    lograr/mantener un equilibrio
    to redress the balance
    restablecer el equilibrio
    to strike a balance
    dar con el justo medio
    Example sentences
    • What is the correct balance between avoiding discriminatory employment practices and giving good customer service and applying good old common sense?
    • Reasonable and accurate perceptions, therefore, are key to striking the correct balance between work and procrastination.
    • The strategic issue for a country's leadership is to decide what is the correct balance between guns and butter.
    Example sentences
    • Religious certitude, for many fundamentalists, is the portal to cognitive balance and emotional stability.
    • When your emotional balance stabilizes, you may think differently.
    • With the sudden highs and disturbing lows, especially in the fragile lives of young celebs, mental peace and balance is hard to maintain.
    2.3 uncountable (in artistic composition)
    Example sentences
    • Myers has created a place where opposites meet and strike a natural, harmonious balance.
    • Raphael absorbed the classical qualities of harmony, clarity and balance which were always after associated with him.
    • This portrait visualized the sense of order and balance, by the organization of line, expression of the figure and his gesture.
    2.4 (Audio)
    Example sentences
    • The Nighthawk uses touchpad controls for power, volume and sound balance.
    • It was taped at the Royal Festival Hall on the 18th of September 1983 in immaculate sound and balance.
    • Many portions of Tchaikovsky's Fourth benefit from a lighter sound and more balance among sections.
  • 3 countable (counterweight)balance (to something)
    Example sentences
    • Allow centrifugal force to provide balance while both skates tip onto their left edges in the turn.
    • Disparate methods for defining force and torque balances and for calculating the mass balance of receptors therefore result.
    • The three-way balance between centrifugal force, Coriolos force, and the pressure-gradient force is called the gradient flow.
  • 4 countable (Finance) 4.1 (in accounting) closing balance
    balance final or de cierre
    balance carried down o forward
    remanente (masculine) a cuenta nueva
    on balance, the changes have been beneficial the balance of the evidence
    las pruebas consideradas en su conjunto
    the balance of opinion
    la opinión general
    Example sentences
    • It therefore set off without notice the credit balance in the current account against the sum due under the loan account.
    • The credit balance in your current account offsets your mortgage debt, reducing your interest bill even more.
    • This reflects the myth that the trust funds' balances represent an asset.
    also: bank balance
    credit balance
    (difference, remainder) resto (masculine)
    (of sum of money) saldo (masculine)
    balance outstanding
    saldo pendiente
    Example sentences
    • That means that your payments won't touch the new charges until your original balance transfer has been paid off.
    • You must pay this fee even if you pay off your balance when your credit card bill arrives.
    • I juggled five credit cards in college and always paid the entire balance on time each month.

transitive verb

  • 1 1.1
    mantener or sostener en equilibrio
    he put out his arms to balance himself
    extendió los brazos para no perder el equilibrio
    Example sentences
    • It was balanced on top of a piece of wood, supported by 2 beer crates stacked one on the other and in between each song, he would have to reposition it because it was vibrating so much from the sound that it kept creeping towards the edge.
    • It is hard not to gasp at the speed of the ascent and my admiration is more marked, and more edgy, because I know that the whole structure is balanced on a bearing the size of a small, round coffee table, like a pencil poised on the tip of its lead.
    • The Lartique system comprises only a single rail - the carriages are balanced on either side so the operator has to be careful that it wasn't top heavy on one side.
    1.2 (Cars) 1.3 (counteract)
    servir de contrapeso a
    Example sentences
    • Hadi emphasized the importance of balancing the outdoor and indoor lights to create a comfortable lighting for the eyes.
    • Any proposed increase had to be balanced with the limiting effect of the ability of the poor to pay for the goods, and the likelihood of rioting if the impost was seen as too onerous.
    • You are challenged to understand the importance of balancing the five balls.
    1.4 (weigh up) to balance something against somethingyou have to balance the risks against the likely profit
    tienes que sopesar los riesgos y los posibles beneficios
    Example sentences
    • It was a case that cuts to the heart of rural life, in which a woman's shock and horror at seeing her beloved pet shot dead in front of her and virtually on her own doorstep was balanced against a farmer's right to protect his livestock.
    • ‘The fears of a US retaliation affecting Middle East oil producers is balanced against worries about recession,’ he said.
    • It should be noted that broad meritocracy might be upheld either as a complete view of social justice or as one justice value to be balanced against others.
  • 2 (Finance)
    hacer el balance de
    to balance the books
    hacer cuadrar las cuentas
    to balance one's budget
    ajustar el presupuesto
    Example sentences
    • But the costs of benchmarking will make it almost impossible to balance the national accounts if the economy fails to return to the boom times.
    • When the Spanish speakers pick up the pace and the volume, it's an auditory cue to stop reading your newspaper, balancing your checking account or writing your article.
    • I'll give up my Palm Pilot once pen and paper can do all the math for balancing my checking account on its own.
    Example sentences
    • The difference is that she handles the money, keeps the chequing account balanced and the bills paid.
    • Whatever the reason, a deficit will ensue if not enough money is entering the current account to balance out what is exiting.
    • Nevertheless, visual debits were more than balanced out by vocal credits.

intransitive verb

  • 1 (hold position)
    Example sentences
    • She raised her right hand to her forehead, leaving the left to help her remain balanced on her feet.
    • Its best to keep making adjustments to remain centered and balanced on all levels of consciousness, that is, the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.
    • Now sit balanced on a Swiss ball with your legs extended and toes pointed.

Phrasal verbs

balance out

1verb + adverb
it all balances out in the end
al final una cosa compensa la otra
2verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object the losses and the gains balance one another out
las pérdidas y las ganancias se compensan

balance up

1verb + object + adverb 1.1 (weigh up) 1.2 (even out, make level) 2verb + adverb (add up)
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