Balance vs Mediocrity - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between balance and mediocrity

is that balance is (uncountable) a state in which opposing forces harmonise; equilibrium while mediocrity is the quality of being intermediate between two extremes; a mean.

As a verb balance

is to bring to an equipoise, as the scales of a balance by adjusting the weights.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

balance

English

Alternative forms

* balaunce (obsolete)

Noun

  • (uncountable) a state in which opposing forces harmonise; equilibrium
  • (uncountable) mental equilibrium; mental health; calmness, a state of remaining clear-headed and unperturbed
  • something of equal weight used to provide equilibrium (literally or figuratively); counterweight
  • These weights are used as a balance for the overhanging verandah.
    Blair thought he could provide a useful balance to Bush's policies.
  • a pair of scales
  • (uncountable) awareness of both viewpoints or matters; neutrality; rationality; objectivity
  • (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.
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  • (uncountable) apparent harmony in art (between differing colours, sounds, etc.)
  • (accounting) a list accounting for the debits on one side, and for the credits on the other.
  • (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 .
  • (watchmaking) a device used to regulate the speed of a watch, clock etc.
  • (legal) the remainder.
  • The balance of the agreement remains in effect.
  • (obsolete, astrology) Libra
  • Synonyms

    * (scales) pair of scales, scales, weighing machine, weighbridge (for vehicles) * (equilibrium) equilibrium * (support for both viewpoints) disinterest, even-handedness, fairness, impartiality, neutrality, nonpartisanship * (list of credits and debits) account

    Antonyms

    * (equilibrium) nonequilibrium, imbalance, unbalance * (support for both viewpoints) bias, favor/favour, partiality, partisanship, prejudice, unfairness

    Derived terms

    ; Accounting: * adjusted trial balance * analytical balance * balance of payments * balance sheet * balanced scorecard * closing balance * comparative balance sheet * trial balance * opening balance ; Other: * balance beam * balance of nature * balance of power * balance of trade * balance wheel * balancing act * chemical balance * hang in the balance * in the balance * keep one's balance * lose one's balance * off balance * on balance * strike a balance * throw off balance

    Verb

    (balanc)
  • To bring to an equipoise, as the scales of a balance by adjusting the weights.
  • To make (items) weigh up.
  • (figurative) To make (concepts) agree.
  • * Kent
  • One expression must check and balance another.
  • 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.
  • To compare in relative force, importance, value, etc.; to estimate.
  • * L'Estrange
  • Balance the good and evil of things.
  • (dancing) To move toward, and then back from, reciprocally.
  • to balance partners
  • (nautical) To contract, as a sail, into a narrower compass.
  • to balance the boom mainsail
  • To make the credits and debits of (an account) correspond.
  • This final payment, or credit, balances the account.
    to balance a set of books
  • * Addison
  • I am very well satisfied that it is not in my power to balance accounts with my Maker.
  • To be in equilibrium.
  • To have matching credits and debits.
  • Derived terms

    * balanced * balance out * balance the books

    See also

    * (versity) ----

    mediocrity

    English

    Noun

  • The quality of being intermediate between two extremes; a mean.
  • (obsolete) A middle course of action; moderation, balance.
  • *, New York Review Books 2001, p.273:
  • In adversity I wish for prosperity, and in prosperity I am afraid of adversity. What mediocrity may be found?
  • (uncountable) The condition of being mediocre; having only an average degree of quality, skills etc.; no better than standard.
  • An individual with mediocre abilities or achievements.
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