balance vs poise what difference

what is difference between balance and poise

English

Alternative forms

  • balaunce (obsolete)

Etymology

From Middle English balaunce, from Middle French balance, from Late Latin *bilancia, from (accusative form of) Latin bilanx (two-scaled), from bi- + lanx (plate, scale).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈbæləns/
  • Rhymes: -æləns

Noun

balance (countable and uncountable, plural balances)

  1. (uncountable) A state in which opposing forces harmonise; equilibrium.
  2. (uncountable) Mental equilibrium; mental health; calmness, a state of remaining clear-headed and unperturbed.
  3. (literally or figuratively) Something of equal weight used to provide equilibrium; counterweight.
  4. A pair of scales.
  5. (uncountable) Awareness of both viewpoints or matters; neutrality; rationality; objectivity.
  6. (uncountable) The overall result of conflicting forces, opinions etc.; the influence which ultimately “weighs” more than others.
  7. (uncountable) Apparent harmony in art (between differing colours, sounds, etc.).
  8. (accounting) A list accounting for the debits on one side, and for the credits on the other.
  9. (accounting) The result of such a procedure; the difference between credit and debit of an account.
  10. (watchmaking) A device used to regulate the speed of a watch, clock etc.
  11. (law, business) The remainder.
  12. (obsolete, astrology) Libra.

Synonyms

  • (scales): pair of scales, set of scales, scales, weighing machine, weighbridge (for vehicles)
  • (equilibrium): equilibrium
  • (support for both viewpoints): disinterest, even-handedness, fairness, impartiality, neutrality, nonpartisanship
  • (list of credits and debits): account

Antonyms

  • (equilibrium): nonequilibrium, imbalance, unbalance
  • (support for both viewpoints): bias, favor/favour, partiality, partisanship, prejudice, unfairness

Derived terms

Translations

Verb

balance (third-person singular simple present balances, present participle balancing, simple past and past participle balanced)

  1. (transitive) To bring (items) to an equipoise, as the scales of a balance by adjusting the weights.
  2. (transitive, figuratively) To make (concepts) agree.
    • 2014′, Peter Melville Logan, Olakunle George, Susan Hegeman, The Encyclopedia of the Novel
      the Proteus Principle helps to qualify and balance the concepts of narrators and of narrative situations as previously developed in classical studies by G erard Genette and Franz Stanzel.
  3. (transitive) To hold (an object or objects) precariously; to support on a narrow base, so as to keep from falling.
  4. (transitive) To compare in relative force, importance, value, etc.; to estimate.
  5. (transitive, dancing) To move toward, and then back from, reciprocally.
  6. (nautical) To contract, as a sail, into a narrower compass.
  7. (transitive) To make the credits and debits of (an account) correspond.
    • I am very well satisfied that it is not in my power to balance accounts with my Maker.
  8. (intransitive) To be in equilibrium.
  9. (intransitive) To have matching credits and debits.
  10. (transitive, obsolete) To weigh in a balance.
  11. (intransitive, obsolete) To hesitate or fluctuate.

Derived terms

  • balanced
  • balance out
  • balance the books

Translations

See also

  • balance on Wikiversity.Wikiversity

Anagrams

  • belacan

French

Etymology

From Vulgar Latin *bilancia, from Latin bilanx, from bi- (see Latin bis) and lanx.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ba.lɑ̃s/

Noun

balance f (plural balances)

  1. scales
  2. (chemistry, physics) balance
  3. (economics, electricity, politics) balance
  4. (fishing) drop-net
  5. (slang) informant, snitch
  6. (Louisiana) the rest, the remainder
  7. (Louisiana) a scale, more specifically a balancing scale

Derived terms

  • {{l|fr|mettre en balance
  • peser dans la balance

Related terms

  • balancer
  • balançoire

Verb

balance

  1. first-person singular present indicative of balancer
  2. third-person singular present indicative of balancer
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of balancer
  4. third-person singular present subjunctive of balancer
  5. second-person singular imperative of balancer

Further reading

  • “balance” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

Anagrams

  • bancale

Latin

Noun

balance

  1. ablative singular of balanx

Middle English

Noun

balance

  1. Alternative form of balaunce

Middle French

Noun

balance f (plural balances)

  1. scales (weighing scales)

Portuguese

Verb

balance

  1. first-person singular present subjunctive of balançar
  2. third-person singular present subjunctive of balançar
  3. third-person singular imperative of balançar

Spanish

Etymology

From Late Latin *bilancia, from Latin bilanx, from bi- (see Latin bis) and lanx.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): (Spain) /baˈlanθe/, [baˈlãn̟.θe]
  • IPA(key): (Latin America) /baˈlanse/, [baˈlãn.se]

Noun

balance m (plural balances)

  1. (accounting) balance
  2. balance; weighing up
    • 1988, Mecano, Un año más (written by Nacho Cano)
      Cinco minutos màs para la cuenta atrás
      Hacemos el balance de lo bueno y malo


English

Etymology

From Middle English poys, poyse, from Anglo-Norman pois, Middle French pois (weight) and Anglo-Norman poise, Middle French poise (measure of weight), from Latin pēnsāre (to ponder, weight, think).

Pronunciation

  • enPR: poyz, IPA(key): /pɔɪz/
  • Rhymes: -ɔɪz

Noun

poise (countable and uncountable, plural poises)

  1. A state of balance, equilibrium or stability.
    • plants and animals, which are all made up of and nourished by water, and perhaps never return to water again, do not keep things at a poise
  2. Composure; freedom from embarrassment or affectation.
  3. Mien; bearing or deportment of the head or body.
  4. A condition of hovering, or being suspended.
  5. (physics) A CGS unit of dynamic viscosity equal to one dyne-second per square centimetre.
  6. (obsolete) Weight; an amount of weight, the amount something weighs.
  7. The weight, or mass of metal, used in weighing, to balance the substance weighed.
  8. That which causes a balance; a counterweight.
    • 1677, John Dryden, The State of Innocence
      Men of an unbounded imagination [] often wanted the poise of judgment.

Derived terms

Related terms

  • peso
  • pansy
  • pensive
  • avoirdupois

Translations

Verb

poise (third-person singular simple present poises, present participle poising, simple past and past participle poised)

  1. (obsolete) To hang in equilibrium; to be balanced or suspended; hence, to be in suspense or doubt.
    • 1850, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Seaside and the Fireside
      The slender, graceful spars / Poise aloft in the air.
  2. (obsolete) To counterpoise; to counterbalance.
    • 1699, John Dryden, Epistle to John Dryden
      to poise with solid sense a sprightly wit
  3. (obsolete) To be of a given weight; to weigh. [14th-17th c.]
  4. (obsolete) To add weight to, to weigh down. [16th-18th c.]
  5. (now rare) To hold (something) with or against something else in equilibrium; to balance, counterpose. [from 16th c.]
    • 1597, William Shakespeare, Romeo & Juliet, I.2:
      you saw her faire none els being by, / Her selfe poysd with her selfe in either eye.
  6. To hold (something) in equilibrium, to hold balanced and ready; to carry (something) ready to be used. [from 16th c.]
    I poised the crowbar in my hand, and waited.
    to poise the scales of a balance
  7. To keep (something) in equilibrium; to hold suspended or balanced. [from 17th c.]
    The rock was poised precariously on the edge of the cliff.
  8. To ascertain, as if by balancing; to weigh.
    • He cannot sincerely consider the strength, poise the weight, and discern the evidence.

Derived terms

Translations

Further reading

  • poise on Wikipedia.Wikipedia

Anagrams

  • speoi

Old French

Alternative forms

  • peise (Anglo-Norman)

Noun

poise f (oblique plural poises, nominative singular poise, nominative plural poises)

  1. weight
  2. a unit of measure of unknown value (which presumably varied because of the technology of the time)

Descendants

  • English: poise

References

  • Godefroy, Frédéric, Dictionnaire de l’ancienne langue française et de tous ses dialectes du IXe au XVe siècle (1881) (poise)

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