balance etymology

English word balance comes from Latin lanx (Dish, platter, plate. Scalepan.), Latin bi- (Having two parts. Occurring twice.)

Detailed word origin of balance

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
lanx Latin (lat) Dish, platter, plate. Scalepan.
bi- Latin (lat) Having two parts. Occurring twice.
bilances Latin (lat)
*bilancia Late Latin (LL)
balance Middle French (ca. 1400-1600) (frm) Scales (weighing scales).
balance English (eng) (intransitive) To be in equilibrium.. (intransitive) To have matching credits and debits.. (nautical) To contract, as a sail, into a narrower compass.. (transitive) To bring (items) to an equipoise, as the scales of a balance by adjusting the weights.. (transitive) To compare in relative force, importance, value, etc.; to estimate.. (transitive) To hold (an object or objects) precariously; [...]

Words with the same origin as balance

Descendants of lanx
balanced
Descendants of bi-
bicycle bike cycle motorcycle recycle