An optimisation of a tree which aims to keep equal numbers of items on each subtree of each node so as to minimise the maximum path from the root to any leaf node. As items are inserted and deleted, the tree is restructured to keep the nodes balanced and the search paths uniform. Such an algorithm is appropriate where the overheads of the reorganisation on update are outweighed by the benefits of faster search.
A B-tree is a kind of balanced tree that can have more than two subtrees at each node (i.e. one that is not restricted to being a binary tree).
a person or thing that balances. Entomology, halter2 . an acrobat, rope-dancer, or tumbler. Contemporary Examples Almost all Asian nations want America as the balancer and protector against an increasingly demanding Beijing. Obama’s Next Headache Leslie H. Gelb November 2, 2010 Historical Examples In the long run Honour, confound it, got a bit of a […]
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noun a circus act in which a performer displays his or her balancing ability a situation requiring careful balancing of opposing groups, views, or activities: a delicate balancing act between Greek and Turkish interests Contemporary Examples Like writing, kayaking is all a balancing act, a one-man show of force and skill. 3 Must Reads: ‘Kayak […]
noun (med) inflammation of the glans penis, usually due to infection Historical Examples There were no adhesions, but the inner fold of the prepuce had been thickened by balanitis. History of Circumcision from the Earliest Times to the Present Peter Charles Remondino Soft sores are often complicated by phimosis and balanitis, and they frequently lead […]
balano- balano- or balan- pref. Glans penis or glans clitoridis: balanitis.