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 for balance fish
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Hammerhead \Ham"mer*head`\ (-h[e^]d`), n.
     1. (Zool.) A shark of the genus Sphyrna or Zyg[ae]na,
        having the eyes set on projections from the sides of the
        head, which gives it a hammer shape. The Sphyrna
        zyg[ae]na is found in the North Atlantic. Called also
        hammer fish, and balance fish.
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     2. (Zool.) A fresh-water fish; the stone-roller.
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     3. (Zool.) An African fruit bat ({Hypsignathus monstrosus);
        -- so called from its large blunt nozzle.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Balance \Bal"ance\ (b[a^]l"ans), n. [OE. balaunce, F. balance,
     fr. L. bilanx, bilancis, having two scales; bis twice (akin
     to E. two) + lanx plate, scale.]
     1. An apparatus for weighing.
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     Note: In its simplest form, a balance consists of a beam or
           lever supported exactly in the middle, having two
           scales or basins of equal weight suspended from its
           extremities. Another form is that of the Roman balance,
           our steelyard, consisting of a lever or beam, suspended
           near one of its extremities, on the longer arm of which
           a counterpoise slides. The name is also given to other
           forms of apparatus for weighing bodies, as to the
           combinations of levers making up platform scales; and
           even to devices for weighing by the elasticity of a
           spring.
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     2. Act of weighing mentally; comparison; estimate.
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              A fair balance of the advantages on either side.
                                                    --Atterbury.
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     3. Equipoise between the weights in opposite scales.
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     4. The state of being in equipoise; equilibrium; even
        adjustment; steadiness.
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              And hung a bottle on each side
              To make his balance true.             --Cowper.
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              The order and balance of the country were destroyed.
                                                    --Buckle.
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              English workmen completely lose their balance. --J.
                                                    S. Mill.
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     5. An equality between the sums total of the two sides of an
        account; as, to bring one's accounts to a balance; --
        also, the excess on either side; as, the balance of an
        account. "A balance at the banker's." --Thackeray.
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              I still think the balance of probabilities leans
              towards the account given in the text. --J. Peile.
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     6. (Horol.) A balance wheel, as of a watch, or clock. See
        Balance wheel (in the Vocabulary).
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     7. (Astron.)
        (a) The constellation Libra.
        (b) The seventh sign in the Zodiac, called Libra, which
            the sun enters at the equinox in September.
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     8. A movement in dancing. See Balance, v. t., 8.
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     Balance electrometer, a kind of balance, with a poised
        beam, which indicates, by weights suspended from one arm,
        the mutual attraction of oppositely electrified surfaces.
        --Knight.
  
     Balance fish. (Zool.) See Hammerhead.
  
     Balance knife, a carving or table knife the handle of which
        overbalances the blade, and so keeps it from contact with
        the table.
  
     Balance of power (Politics), such an adjustment of power
        among sovereign states that no one state is in a position
        to interfere with the independence of the others;
        international equilibrium; also, the ability (of a state
        or a third party within a state) to control the relations
        between sovereign states or between dominant parties in a
        state.
  
     Balance sheet (Bookkeeping), a paper showing the balances
        of the open accounts of a business, the debit and credit
        balances footing up equally, if the system of accounts be
        complete and the balances correctly taken.
  
     Balance thermometer, a thermometer mounted as a balance so
        that the movement of the mercurial column changes the
        inclination of the tube. With the aid of electrical or
        mechanical devices adapted to it, it is used for the
        automatic regulation of the temperature of rooms warmed
        artificially, and as a fire alarm.
  
     Balance of torsion. See Torsion Balance.
  
     Balance of trade (Pol. Econ.), an equilibrium between the
        money values of the exports and imports of a country; or
        more commonly, the amount required on one side or the
        other to make such an equilibrium.
  
     Balance valve, a valve whose surfaces are so arranged that
        the fluid pressure tending to seat, and that tending to
        unseat, the valve, are nearly in equilibrium; esp., a
        puppet valve which is made to operate easily by the
        admission of steam to both sides. See Puppet valve.
  
     Hydrostatic balance. See under Hydrostatic.
  
     To lay in balance, to put up as a pledge or security.
        [Obs.] --Chaucer.
  
     To strike a balance, to find out the difference between the
        debit and credit sides of an account.
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