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"Balance" is a noun which is often translated as "el equilibrio", and "poise" is a noun which is often translated as "el porte". Learn more about the difference between "balance" and "poise" below.
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (stability)
a. el equilibrio
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The gymnast has impressive balance and strength.La gimnasta tiene un equilibrio y una fuerza impresionantes.
2. (median)
a. el equilibrio
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
It's a good idea to find a balance between work and fun.Es una buena idea encontrar un equilibrio entre el trabajo y la diversión.
3. (scale)
a. la balanza
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I used a balance to check the weight of the potatoes before cooking.Usé una balanza para comprobar el peso de las papas antes de cocinar.
4. (finance)
a. el saldo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The balance in my checking account is in the negative.El saldo de mi cuenta corriente es negativo.
b. el balance
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The auditors discovered a higher balance than we thought.Los auditores descubrieron un balance más alto de lo que creíamos.
5. (audio)
a. el balance
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Can you adjust the balance? It sounds louder on the left speaker to me.¿Puedes ajustar el balance? Me parece más fuerte del parlante izquierdo.
6. (remainder)
a. el resto
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The insurance company will pay the balance of your doctor's visit.La empresa de seguros pagará el resto de su visita médica.
b. el saldo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Your grandma paid the deposit, and you need to pay the balance.Tu abuela pagó el depósito y tú tienes que pagar el saldo.
7. (counterweight)
a. contrapeso
A record player has a needle at one end and a balance at the other end of the tonearm.Un tocadiscos tiene una aguja en un extremo y un contrapeso en el otro extremo del brazo.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
8. (to stabilize)
a. equilibrar
We need some people to move to the right side so we can balance the boat.Se necesita que algunas personas vayan al lado derecho para equilibrar la lancha.
b. mantener en equilibrio
I'll bet you can't balance that box on your head.Apuesto a que no puedes mantener esa caja en equilibrio en tu cabeza.
9. (to assess)
a. sopesar
You need to balance the cost of taking a vacation with its potential benefits.Debes sopesar el costo de irte de vacaciones con sus posibles beneficios.
10. (finance)
a. hacer el balance de
The new administrator will balance the books, so we don't need to hire an outside accountant.El nuevo administrador va a hacer el balance de los libros, así que no tenemos que contratar a un contador externo.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
11. (to be stabilized)
a. mantener el equilibrio
The cat was able to balance on the railing.El gato podía mantener el equilibrio sobre la barandilla.
12. (finance)
a. cuadrar
It took all week to get the accounts to balance.Se tardó toda la semana para cuadrar las cuentas.
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poise
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (bearing)
a. el porte
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Wanda was a slim and beautiful girl with the poise of a professional gymnast.Wanda era una chica delgada y hermosa, con el porte de una gimnasta profesional.
You read your poem with confidence and poise. You can tell you practiced!Leíste tu poema con confianza y porte. ¡Se nota que practicaste!
b. la elegancia
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Elizabeth exuded poise and confidence.Elizabeth irradiaba elegancia y confianza.
2. (balance)
a. el equilibrio
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I was impressed by your poise as you walked the tightrope.Me impresionó tu equilibrio cuando caminabas por la cuerda floja.
3. (composure)
a. la compostura
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Anthony was momentarily discomfited by the question, but he quickly recovered his poise.A Anthony lo desconcertó por un momento la pregunta, pero rápidamente recuperó la compostura.
b. el aplomo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The professor very rarely lost his poise, but he paled when he saw Mary.Era muy raro que el catedrático perdiera el aplomo, pero palideció al ver a Mary.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
4. (to place)
a. colocar
Mark poised his finger on the trigger of the gun.Mark colocó el dedo en el gatillo del arma.
b. colocarse
The blackbird poised itself on the end of a branch.El mirlo se colocó en la punta de una rama.
5. (to get ready to)
a. prepararse
Michael poised himself to dive into the water.Michael se preparó para zambullirse en el agua.
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