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Balance

See Libra.

Order

The arrangement or disposition of people or things in relation to each other according to a particular sequence, pattern, or method
I filed the cards in alphabetical order

Balance

A weighing device, especially one consisting of a rigid beam horizontally suspended by a low-friction support at its center, with identical weighing pans hung at either end, one of which holds an unknown weight while the effective weight in the other is increased by known amounts until the beam is level and motionless. Also called scale.

Order

An authoritative command or instruction
He was not going to take orders from a mere administrator
The skipper gave the order to abandon ship

Balance

A state of equilibrium or parity characterized by cancellation of all forces by equal opposing forces.
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Order

A particular social, political, or economic system
They were dedicated to overthrowing the established order

Balance

The power or means to decide
Matters that fell outside the judge's balance.

Order

A society of monks, nuns, or friars living under the same religious, moral, and social regulations and discipline
The Franciscan Order

Balance

A state of bodily equilibrium
Thrown off balance by a gust of wind.

Order

The quality or nature of something
Poetry of the highest order

Balance

The ability to maintain bodily equilibrium
Gymnasts must have good balance.

Order

A principal taxonomic category that ranks below class and above family
The higher orders of insects

Balance

A harmonious or satisfying arrangement or proportion of parts or elements, as in a design.

Order

Any of the five classical styles of architecture (Doric, Ionic, Corinthian, Tuscan, and Composite) based on the proportions of columns and the style of their decoration.

Balance

An influence or force tending to produce equilibrium; counterpoise.

Order

Equipment or uniform for a specified purpose or of a specified type
The platoon changed from drill order into PT kit

Balance

The difference in magnitude between opposing forces or influences.

Order

The degree of complexity of an equation, expression, etc., as denoted by an ordinal number.

Balance

Equality of totals in the debit and credit sides of an account.

Order

Give an authoritative instruction to do something
The judge ordered a retrial
She ordered me to leave
‘Stop frowning,’ he ordered
He ordered that the ship be abandoned

Balance

The difference between such totals, either on the credit or the debit side.

Order

Request (something) to be made, supplied, or served
My mate ordered the tickets last week
I asked the security guard to order me a taxi
Are you ready to order, sir?

Balance

Something that is left over; a remainder.

Order

Arrange (something) in a methodical way
Her normally well-ordered life
All entries are ordered by date

Balance

(Chemistry) Equality of mass and net electric charge of reacting species on each side of an equation.

Order

A condition of logical or comprehensible arrangement among the separate elements of a group.

Balance

(Mathematics) Equality with respect to the net number of reduced symbolic quantities on each side of an equation.

Order

A condition of methodical or prescribed arrangement among component parts such that proper functioning or appearance is achieved
Checked to see that the shipping department was in order.

Balance

A balance wheel.

Order

Condition or state in general
The escalator is in good working order.

Balance

To determine the weight of (something) in a weighing device.

Order

The established system of social organization
"Every revolution exaggerates the evils of the old order" (C. Wright Mills).

Balance

To consider and compare or assess
Balanced the pros and cons before making a choice.

Order

A condition in which freedom from disorder or disruption is maintained through respect for established authority
Finally restored order in the rebellious provinces.

Balance

To bring into or maintain in a state of equilibrium.

Order

A sequence or arrangement of successive things
Changed the order of the files.

Balance

To act as an equalizing weight or force to; counterbalance.

Order

The prescribed form or customary procedure, as in a meeting or court of law
The bailiff called the court to order.

Balance

To compute the difference between the debits and credits of (an account).

Order

An authoritative indication to be obeyed; a command or direction.

Balance

To reconcile or equalize the sums of the debits and credits of (an account).

Order

A command given by a superior military officer requiring obedience, as in the execution of a task.

Balance

To settle (an account, for example) by paying what is owed.

Order

Orders Formal written instructions to report for military duty at a specified time and place.

Balance

To bring into or keep in equal or satisfying proportion or harmony.

Order

A commission or instruction to buy, sell, or supply something.

Balance

Mathematics & Chemistry To bring (an equation) into balance.

Order

That which is supplied, bought, or sold.

Balance

To move toward and then away from (a dance partner).

Order

A request made by a customer at a restaurant for a portion of food.

Balance

To be in or come into equilibrium.

Order

The food requested.

Balance

To be equal or equivalent.

Order

(Law) A directive or command of a court.

Balance

To sway or waver as if losing or regaining equilibrium.

Order

Any of several grades of the Christian ministry
The order of priesthood.

Balance

To move toward and then away from a dance partner.

Order

Often orders The rank of an ordained Christian minister or priest.

Balance

(uncountable) A state in which opposing forces harmonise; equilibrium.

Order

Often orders The sacrament or rite of ordination.

Balance

(uncountable) Mental equilibrium; mental health; calmness, a state of remaining clear-headed and unperturbed.

Order

Any of the nine grades or choirs of angels.

Balance

Something of equal weight used to provide equilibrium; counterweight.
These weights are used as a balance for the overhanging verandah
Blair thought he could provide a useful balance to Bush's policies.

Order

A group of persons living under a religious rule
Order of Saint Benedict.

Balance

A pair of scales.

Order

An organization of people united by a common fraternal bond or social aim.

Balance

(uncountable) Awareness of both viewpoints or matters; neutrality; rationality; objectivity.

Order

A group of people upon whom a government or sovereign has formally conferred honor for unusual service or merit, entitling them to wear a special insignia
The Order of the Garter.

Balance

(uncountable) The overall result of conflicting forces, opinions etc.; the influence which ultimately "weighs" more than others.
The balance of power finally lay with the Royalist forces.
I think the balance of opinion is that we should get out while we're ahead.

Order

The insignia worn by such people.

Balance

(uncountable) Apparent harmony in art (between differing colours, sounds, etc.).

Order

Often orders A social class
The lower orders.

Balance

(accounting) A list accounting for the debits on one side, and for the credits on the other.

Order

A class defined by the common attributes of its members; a kind.

Balance

(accounting) The result of such a procedure; the difference between credit and debit of an account.
I just need to nip to a bank and check my balance.

Order

Degree of quality or importance; rank
Poetry of a high order.

Balance

(watchmaking) A device used to regulate the speed of a watch, clock etc.

Order

Any of several styles of classical architecture characterized by the type of column and entablature employed. Of the five generally accepted classical orders, the Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian orders are Greek and the Tuscan and Composite orders are Roman.

Balance

The remainder.
The balance of the agreement remains in effect.
The invoice said he had only paid $50. The balance was $220.

Order

A style of building
A cathedral of the Gothic order.

Balance

Libra.

Order

(Biology) A taxonomic category of organisms ranking above a family and below a class.

Balance

(transitive) To bring (items) to an equipoise, as the scales of a balance by adjusting the weights.

Order

The sum of the exponents to which the variables in a term are raised; degree.

Balance

To make (concepts) agree.

Order

An indicated number of successive differentiations to be performed.

Balance

(transitive) To hold (an object or objects) precariously; to support on a narrow base, so as to keep from falling.
I balanced my mug of coffee on my knee.
The circus performer balances a plate on the end of a baton.

Order

The number of elements in a finite group.

Balance

(transitive) To compare in relative force, importance, value, etc.; to estimate.

Order

The number of rows or columns in a determinant or matrix.

Balance

To move toward, and then back from, reciprocally.
To balance partners

Order

To issue a command or instruction to
Ordered the sailors to stow their gear.

Balance

(nautical) To contract, as a sail, into a narrower compass.
To balance the boom mainsail

Order

To direct to proceed as specified
Ordered the intruders off the property.

Balance

(transitive) To make the credits and debits of (an account) correspond.
This final payment, or credit, balances the account.
To balance a set of books

Order

To give a command or instruction for
The judge ordered a recount of the ballots.

Balance

(intransitive) To be in equilibrium.

Order

To request to be supplied with
Order eggs and bacon for breakfast.

Balance

(intransitive) To have matching credits and debits.

Order

To put into a methodical, systematic arrangement
Ordered the books on the shelf.

Balance

To weigh in a balance.

Order

To predestine; ordain.

Balance

To hesitate or fluctuate.

Order

To give an order or orders; request that something be done or supplied.

Balance

An apparatus for weighing.

Order

(countable) Arrangement, disposition, or sequence.
Put the children in age order
It's arranged in order of frequency

Balance

Act of weighing mentally; comparison; estimate.
A fair balance of the advantages on either side.

Order

(countable) A position in an arrangement, disposition, or sequence.

Balance

Equipoise between the weights in opposite scales.

Order

(uncountable) The state of being well arranged.
The house is in order; the machinery is out of order.

Balance

The state of being in equipoise; equilibrium; even adjustment; steadiness.
And hung a bottle on each sideTo make his balance true.
The order and balance of the country were destroyed.
English workmen completely lose their balance.

Order

(countable) Conformity with law or decorum; freedom from disturbance; general tranquillity; public quiet.
To preserve order in a community or an assembly
Order in the court!

Balance

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.
I still think the balance of probabilities leans towards the account given in the text.

Order

(countable) A command.
Give an order
His inability to follow orders

Balance

A balance wheel, as of a watch, or clock. See Balance wheel (in the Vocabulary).

Order

(countable) A request for some product or service; a commission to purchase, sell, or supply goods.
Make an order
Receive an online order for the new range of sunglasses

Balance

The constellation Libra.

Order

(countable) A group of religious adherents, especially monks or nuns, set apart within their religion by adherence to a particular rule or set of principles.
St. Ignatius Loyola founded the Jesuit order in 1537.

Balance

To bring to an equipoise, as the scales of a balance by adjusting the weights; to weigh in a balance.

Order

(countable) An association of knights.
The Order of the Garter, the Order of the Bath.

Balance

To support on a narrow base, so as to keep from falling; as, to balance a plate on the end of a cane; to balance one's self on a tight rope.

Order

Any group of people with common interests.

Balance

To equal in number, weight, force, or proportion; to counterpoise, counterbalance, counteract, or neutralize.
One expression . . . must check and balance another.

Order

(countable) A decoration, awarded by a government, a dynastic house, or a religious body to an individual, usually for distinguished service to a nation or to humanity.

Balance

To compare in relative force, importance, value, etc.; to estimate.
Balance the good and evil of things.

Order

A category in the classification of organisms, ranking below class and above family; a taxon at that rank.
The magnolia and nutmeg families belong to the order Magnoliales.

Balance

To settle and adjust, as an account; to make two accounts equal by paying the difference between them.
I am very well satisfied that it is not in my power to balance accounts with my Maker.

Order

A number of things or persons arranged in a fixed or suitable place, or relative position; a rank; a row; a grade; especially, a rank or class in society; a distinct character, kind, or sort.
The higher or lower orders of society
Talent of a high order

Balance

To make the sums of the debits and credits of an account equal; - said of an item; as, this payment, or credit, balances the account.

Order

(Christianity) An ecclesiastical rank or position, usually for the sake of ministry, when plural holy orders.
There have been many major and minor orders in the history of Christianity: the order of virgins, of deacons, priests, lectors, acolytes, porters, catechists, widows, etc.
To take orders or holy orders means to be ordained a deacon or priest

Balance

To arrange accounts in such a way that the sum total of the debits is equal to the sum total of the credits; as, to balance a set of books.

Order

(architecture) The disposition of a column and its component parts, and of the entablature resting upon it, in classical architecture; hence (since the column and entablature are the characteristic features of classical architecture) a style or manner of architectural design.

Balance

To move toward, and then back from, reciprocally; as, to balance partners.

Order

(cricket) The sequence in which a side’s batsmen bat; the batting order.

Balance

To contract, as a sail, into a narrower compass; as, to balance the boom mainsail.

Order

(electronics) A power of polynomial function in an electronic circuit’s block, such as a filter, an amplifier, etc.
A 3-stage cascade of a 2nd-order bandpass Butterworth filter

Balance

To have equal weight on each side; to be in equipoise; as, the scales balance.

Order

(chemistry) The overall power of the rate law of a chemical reaction, expressed as a polynomial function of concentrations of reactants and products.

Balance

To fluctuate between motives which appear of equal force; to waver; to hesitate.
He would not balance or err in the determination of his choice.

Order

(set theory) The cardinality, or number of elements in a set, group, or other structure regardable as a set.

Balance

To move toward a person or couple, and then back.

Order

For given group G and element g ∈ G, the smallest positive natural number n, if it exists, such that (using multiplicative notation), gn = e, where e is the identity element of G; if no such number exists, the element is said to be of infinite order (or sometimes zero order).

Balance

A state of equilibrium

Order

(graph theory) The number of vertices in a graph.

Balance

A scale for weighing; depends on pull of gravity

Order

(order theory) A partially ordered set.

Balance

Equality between the totals of the credit and debit sides of an account

Order

(order theory) The relation on a partially ordered set that determines that it is, in fact, a partially ordered set.

Balance

Harmonious arrangement or relation of parts or elements within a whole (as in a design);
In all perfectly beautiful objects there is found the opposition of one part to another and a reciprocal balance

Order

(algebra) The sum of the exponents on the variables in a monomial, or the highest such among all monomials in a polynomial.
A quadratic polynomial, a x^2 + b x + c, is said to be of order (or degree) 2.

Balance

Equality of distribution

Order

(finance) A written direction to furnish someone with money or property; compare money order, postal order.

Balance

Something left after other parts have been taken away;
There was no remainder
He threw away the rest
He took what he wanted and I got the balance

Order

(transitive) To set in some sort of order.
We need to order them alphabetically.

Balance

The difference between the totals of the credit and debit sides of an account

Order

(transitive) To arrange, set in proper order.
The books in the shelf need ordering.

Balance

(astrology) a person who is born while the sun in in Libra

Order

(transitive) To issue a command to.
To order troops to advance
He ordered me to leave.
I hate being ordered around by my co-workers.

Balance

The seventh sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about September 23 to October 22

Order

(transitive) To request some product or service; to secure by placing an order.
You can now order most products to be delivered to your home.
To order groceries
To order food from a restaurant

Balance

(mathematics) an attribute of a shape or relation; exact correspondence of form on opposite sides of a dividing line or plane

Order

To admit to holy orders; to ordain; to receive into the ranks of the ministry.

Balance

An equivalent counterbalancing weight

Order

Regular arrangement; any methodical or established succession or harmonious relation; method; system
The side chambers were . . . thirty in order.
Bright-harnessed angels sit in order serviceable.
Good order is the foundation of all good things.

Balance

A wheel that regulates the rate of movement in a machine; especially a wheel oscillating against the hairspring of a timepiece to regulate its beat

Order

Right arrangement; a normal, correct, or fit condition; as, the house is in order; the machinery is out of order.

Balance

Bring into balance or equilibrium;
She has to balance work and her domestic duties
Balance the two weights

Order

The customary mode of procedure; established system, as in the conduct of debates or the transaction of business; usage; custom; fashion.
And, pregnant with his grander thought,Brought the old order into doubt.

Balance

Compute credits and debits of an account

Order

Conformity with law or decorum; freedom from disturbance; general tranquillity; public quiet; as, to preserve order in a community or an assembly.

Balance

Hold or carry in equilibrium

Order

That which prescribes a method of procedure; a rule or regulation made by competent authority; as, the rules and orders of the senate.
The church hath authority to establish that for an order at one time which at another time it may abolish.

Balance

Be in equilibrium;
He was balancing on one foot

Order

A command; a mandate; a precept; a direction.
Upon this new fright, an order was made by both houses for disarming all the papists in England.

Order

Hence: A commission to purchase, sell, or supply goods; a direction, in writing, to pay money, to furnish supplies, to admit to a building, a place of entertainment, or the like; as, orders for blankets are large.
In those days were pit orders - beshrew the uncomfortable manager who abolished them.

Order

A number of things or persons arranged in a fixed or suitable place, or relative position; a rank; a row; a grade; especially, a rank or class in society; a group or division of men in the same social or other position; also, a distinct character, kind, or sort; as, the higher or lower orders of society; talent of a high order.
They are in equal order to their several ends.
Various orders various ensigns bear.
Which, to his order of mind, must have seemed little short of crime.

Order

A body of persons having some common honorary distinction or rule of obligation; esp., a body of religious persons or aggregate of convents living under a common rule; as, the Order of the Bath; the Franciscan order.
Find a barefoot brother out,One of our order, to associate me.
The venerable order of the Knights Templars.

Order

An ecclesiastical grade or rank, as of deacon, priest, or bishop; the office of the Christian ministry; - often used in the plural; as, to take orders, or to take holy orders, that is, to enter some grade of the ministry.

Order

The disposition of a column and its component parts, and of the entablature resting upon it, in classical architecture; hence (as the column and entablature are the characteristic features of classical architecture) a style or manner of architectural designing.

Order

An assemblage of genera having certain important characters in common; as, the Carnivora and Insectivora are orders of Mammalia.

Order

The placing of words and members in a sentence in such a manner as to contribute to force and beauty or clearness of expression.

Order

Rank; degree; thus, the order of a curve or surface is the same as the degree of its equation.
Whiles I take order for mine own affairs.

Order

To put in order; to reduce to a methodical arrangement; to arrange in a series, or with reference to an end. Hence, to regulate; to dispose; to direct; to rule.
To him that ordereth his conversation aright.
Warriors old with ordered spear and shield.

Order

To give an order to; to command; as, to order troops to advance.

Order

To give an order for; to secure by an order; as, to order a carriage; to order groceries.

Order

To admit to holy orders; to ordain; to receive into the ranks of the ministry.
These ordered folk be especially titled to God.
Persons presented to be ordered deacons.

Order

To give orders; to issue commands.

Order

(often plural) a command given by a superior (e.g., a military or law enforcement officer) that must be obeyed;
The British ships dropped anchor and waited for orders from London

Order

A degree in a continuum of size or quantity;
It was on the order of a mile
An explosion of a low order of magnitude

Order

Established customary state (especially of society);
Order ruled in the streets
Law and order

Order

Logical or comprehensible arrangement of separate elements;
We shall consider these questions in the inverse order of their presentation

Order

A condition of regular or proper arrangement;
He put his desk in order
The machine is now in working order

Order

A legally binding command or decision entered on the court record (as if issued by a court or judge);
A friend in New Mexico said that the order caused no trouble out there

Order

A commercial document used to request someone to supply something in return for payment and providing specifications and quantities;
IBM received an order for a hundred computers

Order

A formal association of people with similar interests;
He joined a golf club
They formed a small lunch society
Men from the fraternal order will staff the soup kitchen today

Order

A body of rules followed by an assembly

Order

(usually plural) the status or rank or office of a Christian clergyman in an ecclesiastical hierarchy;
Theologians still disagree over whether `bishop' should or should not be a separate order

Order

A group of person living under a religious rule;
The order of Saint Benedict

Order

(biology) taxonomic group containing one or more families

Order

A request for food or refreshment (as served in a restaurant or bar etc.);
I gave the waiter my order

Order

(architecture) one of original three styles of Greek architecture distinguished by the type of column and entablature used or a style developed from the original three by the Romans

Order

Putting in order;
There were mistakes in the ordering of items on the list

Order

Give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority;
I said to him to go home
She ordered him to do the shopping
The mother told the child to get dressed

Order

Make a request for something;
Order me some flowers
Order a work stoppage

Order

Issue commands or orders for

Order

Bring into conformity with rules or principles or usage; impose regulations;
We cannot regulate the way people dress
This town likes to regulate

Order

Bring order to or into;
Order these files

Order

Place in a certain order;
Order these files

Order

Appoint to a clerical posts;
He was ordained in the Church

Order

Arrange thoughts, ideas, temporal events, etc.;
Arrange my schedule
Set up one's life
I put these memories with those of bygone times

Order

Assign a rank or rating to;
How would you rank these students?
The restaurant is rated highly in the food guide

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