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/ˈbaləns/ Noun 1. An even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady. (Google Dictionary) 2. An apparatus for weighing. In its simplest form, a balance consists of a beam or lever supported exactly in the middle, having two scales or basins of equal weight suspended from its extremities. Another form is that of the roman balance, our steelyard, consisting of a lever or beam, suspended near one of its extremities, on the longer arm of which a counterpoise slides. The name is also given to other forms of apparatus for weighing bodies, as to the combinations of levers making up platform scales; and even to devices for weighing by the elasticity of a spring. ( 3. The state of being in equipoise; equilibrium; even adjustment; steadiness. And hung a bottle on each side to make his balance true. (Cowper) The order and balance of the country were destroyed. (Buckle) English workmen completely lose their balance. (j. S. Mill) ( 4. An equality between the sums total of the two sides of an account; as, to bring one’s accounts to a balance; also, the excess on either side; as, the balance of an account… (j. Peile) ( 5. (Science: astronomy) The constellation Libra. The d3d seventh sign in the zodiac, called Libra, which the sun enters at the equinox in September. 6. (Science: medicine) Balance...

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/bəˈlēn/ Noun 1. (Zoology) Plates or blades of whalebone, from two to twelve feet long, and sometimes a foot wide, which in certain whales (Balaenoidea) are attached side by side along the upper jaw, and form a fringelike sieve by which the food is retained in the mouth. ( 2. A filter-feeder system inside the mouths of baleen whales. The baleen system works when a whale opens its mouth underwater and then water pours into the whale’s mouth. The whale then pushes the water out, and animals such as krill are filtered by the baleen and remain as food source for the whale. ( 3. A horny keratinous substance found in two rows of transverse plates which hang down from the upper jaws of baleen whales. (   Syn: whalebone Word origin: From Old French baleine (“whale, whalebone”), from Latin balaena (“whale”), from Ancient Greek φάλαινα...

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