WEIGHT [U] › when the weight of someone or something is spread in such a way that they do not fall over: I lost my balance and fell off the bike. The force of the explosion threw him off balance (= it was difficult for him to stay standing). EQUAL [U, no plural] › when the correct amount of importance is given to each thing so that a situation is successful: We hope to strike a balance between police powers and the protection of citizens. The new factory will destroy the ecological balance in the area. → Opposite imbalance FAIR [U] › when you consider all the facts in a fair way: I felt his report lacked balance.
on balance › used to give your opinion after you have considered all the facts about something: On balance, I'd prefer a woman dentist to a man.
MONEY [C] › the amount of money that you still have to pay, or that you have left to use: [usually singular] I always pay off the balance on my credit card each month.