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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BALANCING

It is the same way in changing the position of the balancing planes.

Ever seen Cinquevalli balancing a billiard ball on top of another one?

Kirkwood rose, balancing himself against the leap and sway of the boat.

The upholsterer should so fill the pad that the wearer will have difficulty in balancing it.

He sat on his bunk and weighed the thing reflectively, balancing it on his palm.

But the laws governing the balancing and steering of the machine were unknown.

But he disdains this balancing of pleasures and pains, which is the exchange of commerce and not of virtue.

"Look," he said with triumph, balancing smilingly on his perch.

“Hark here,” said I, pulling the weapon from my belt and balancing it on my fingers.

For swimming he only used his tail, but for balancing and steering, his feet and hands.

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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