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n. The currency of Panama, divided into 100 centésimos

  1. n. the basic unit of money in Panama; equal to 100 centesimos

  2. Spanish explorer who discovered the Pacific Ocean (1475-1519) [syn: Vasco Nunez de Balboa]


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Balboa (dance)

Balboa (original Balboa or Pure-Bal) is a dance that originated in Southern California during the 1920s and 1930s. Balboa also now refers to a fusion of dances that originated from that era.

The original Balboa dance is a form of swing dance that started as early as 1915 and gained in popularity in the 1930s and 1940s. It is danced primarily in close embrace, and is led with a full body connection. The art of Balboa is in the subtle communication between the lead and follow, including weight shifts, which most viewers cannot see. As a result, Balboa is considered more of a "dancer's dance" than a "spectator's dance". Its exact origins are obscure, especially as most of the original Balboa dancers have since died.

Balboa is danced to a wide variety of tempos. Because the basic step takes up such a small space, Balboa can be danced to fast music (over 300 beats per minute). Balboa is also danced to slow music (under 100 beats per minute), which allows more time for intricate footwork and variations.

Balboa (lunar crater)

Balboa is a lunar crater that is located near the western limb of the Moon. Due to foreshortening, the crater appears highly oval when viewed from the Earth. In actuality, however, the formation is relatively circular. It is comparable in size to the crater Dalton, located just to the southwest. The eastern rim of Balboa lies just to the west of the Oceanus Procellarum.

The rim of Balboa is worn and eroded, with the most intact sections along the eastern and western edges. The crater interior has been flooded with basaltic lava in the past, and the system is marked with rilles, particularly near the northern edge.

Balboa A is a well-formed impact crater located just to the southeast of Balboa, with a sharp, notched rim and an irregular interior. Its diameter is only somewhat smaller than Dalton directly to the west.

Balboa (band)

Balboa is an American hardcore band.

Balboa (Pacific Electric)

Balboa was the southernmost route of the Pacific Electric Railway, running between Downtown Los Angeles and the Balboa Peninsula in Orange County by way of North Long Beach, though the route was later cut back to the Newport Dock. The route ran "flyer" service between Downtown Los Angeles and Willowville (a route also served by the Long Beach Line), making flag stops only at Vernon, Slauson, Watts, Compton and Dominguez Junction. Though ridership early on was very high, it slowly dwindled to 55,390 in 1948. Today, the beach route between Long Beach and Balboa is heavily trafficked, and plans to revive rail service along this corridor have been proposed sporadically.

Usage examples of "balboa".

Enciso was in a quandary what to do, but Balboa had been on that coast before, on his first voyage out from Spain, and knew of an Indian village on the Darien River where they might find food and shelter.

The result was that a party rose against him, with Balboa at its head.

Enciso had complained to King Ferdinand of the way in which he had been treated, and the king had not only refused to support Balboa with a royal warrant for his actions, but had condemned his course and ordered him to return to Spain.

But Balboa was one of the most daring and intrepid of them all, and to win the favor of his sovereign there was no danger he was not ready to face.

Up the steep pass they toiled, until near the lofty summit, when Balboa bade them halt and went on alone, that he might be the first to gaze on the wonderful spectacle.

South Sea, as Balboa named it, the Pacific Ocean, as Magellan soon after called it.

The form of these they drew on the sand, their long necks convincing Balboa that they were camels, and that the land indicated must be Asia.

If Columbus had discovered a new land, Balboa had matched it with the discovery of a new ocean, added to which was the story of a land of gold, for whose conquest Balboa asked for a reinforcement of a thousand men.

A PAGAN IDOL, Balboa Stabilo sat on a purple and gold cushion in the middle of the splintered kitchen floor.

Her immersion in proportions triggered a deep-seated geometrical passion, which found its apotheosis when she met Balboa, so perfectly composed of spheres.

Nowadays, she lived with Balboa in a derelict house, and devoted her time to art and scoring, for her addicted beloved, the occasional six-pack of Diet Mecca.

Their talons stretched and retracted, grasping the cookie fortunes that Balboa fed to them.

Cars hissed past on the wet pavement of Balboa Boulevard, but there were empty parking places along the curbs, and the only people on the sidewalks seemed to be locals heading for the bakery, lured by the smell of hot coffee on the chilly breeze.

Crane and Mavranos stood braced on the gray-painted tar paper deck as the engine gunned and the boat surged gently out onto the face of the water, and they watched the palm trees and boat masts and low buildings of Balboa Island draw closer.

Ozzie in Balboa and then just dropped everything and drove straight to Vegas!