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Balance shaft

a special shaft with eccentrically mounted weights used in an internal-combustion engine to reduce vibrations.


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    a tabular statement of both sides of a set of accounts in which the debit and credit balances add up as equal. a statement of the financial position of a business on a specified date. Contemporary Examples Brown-Forman, according to its most recent quarterly filings with the SEC, has $361.5 million in cash on its […]

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  • Balance staff

    a pivoted axle or shaft on which the balance is mounted. Historical Examples It will be seen the impulse roller is staked flat against the hub E of the balance staff. Watch and Clock Escapements Anonymous There are many points worthy of consideration in the making of a balance staff that are too often neglected. […]

  • Balance the books

    Add up the debits and credits of an account and determine the difference; also, bring the two sides into equilibrium. For example, It’s Joe’s job to balance the books each quarter. [ Late 1500s ] Settle an account by paying what is due, as in We can’t balance the books till your last check clears. […]

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