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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BALANCED

The Road-Runner balanced on his slender legs and cocked his head trailwise.

There were other and still other banners, in velvet or in satin, balanced at the end of gilded batons.

I had balanced a little hitherto between the epicier and the Vicomte.

She took out two little hats, and balanced them on either hand.

He screamed and kicked over the chair his foot was balanced on.

They did not understand that the powers in a state should be balanced.

A few, balanced with feet wide apart, remained standing like statues.

The matter stands so balanced that neither of us dare put it to the test.

He gave it into her open hand where she balanced it thoughtfully.

Your shamelessness is balanced with gold for you at every step.

WORD ORIGIN

early 13c., "apparatus for weighing," from Old French balance (12c.) "balance, scales for weighing," also in the figurative sense; from Medieval Latin bilancia, from Late Latin bilanx, from Latin (libra) bilanx "(scale) having two pans," possibly from Latin bis "twice" + lanx "dish, plate, scale of a balance." The accounting sense is from 1580s; the meaning "general harmony between parts" is from 1732; sense of "physical equipoise" is from 1660s. Balance of power in the geopolitical sense is from 1701. Many figurative uses are from Middle English image of the scales in the hands of personified Justice, Fortune, Fate, etc.; e.g. hang in the balance (late 14c.).

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