Counterbalance definition

kountər-băləns, kountər-băləns
A weight that acts to balance another; a counterpoise or counterweight.
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To oppose with an equal force; offset.
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A force or influence equally counteracting another.
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To act as a counteracting force, influence, or weight to; counterpoise.
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A weight used to balance another weight; counterpoise.
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Any force or influence that balances or offsets another.
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To be a counterbalance to; offset.
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(literally) A weight that is put in opposition to an equal weight so it keeps that in balance.
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(figuratively) A force or influence that balances, checks or limits an opposite one.
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To apply weight in order to balance an opposing weight.

Big brother counterbalances his two siblings to the pound.

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To apply force in order to balance an opposite one.

Arm wrestling is undecided as long as the opponents counterbalance each-other.

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(figuratively) To match or equal in effect, but acting in opposition.

The defenders' knowledge of the terrain roughly counterbalances the attackers' superior equipment.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
counterbalance
Plural:
counterbalances

Origin of counterbalance

  • counter- +‎ balance.

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