Definitions for counterbalanceˈkaʊn tərˌbæl əns; ˌkaʊn tərˈbæl əns

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

coun•ter•bal•anceˈkaʊn tərˌbæl əns; ˌkaʊn tərˈbæl əns(n.; v.)-anced, -anc•ing.

  1. (n.)a weight balancing another weight; an equal power or influence acting in opposition; counterpoise.

  2. (v.i.)to oppose with an equal weight, force, or influence.

Origin of counterbalance:

1570–80

Princeton's WordNet

  1. counterweight, counterbalance, counterpoise, balance, equalizer, equaliser(noun)

    a weight that balances another weight

  2. balance, equilibrium, equipoise, counterbalance(noun)

    equality of distribution

  3. counterbalance, offset(verb)

    a compensating equivalent

  4. compensate, counterbalance, correct, make up, even out, even off, even up(verb)

    adjust for

    "engineers will work to correct the effects or air resistance"

  5. oppose, counterbalance(verb)

    contrast with equal weight or force

  6. counteract, countervail, neutralize, counterbalance(verb)

    oppose and mitigate the effects of by contrary actions

    "This will counteract the foolish actions of my colleagues"

Wiktionary

  1. counterbalance(Noun)

    A weight that is put in opposition to an equal weight so it keeps that in balance.

  2. counterbalance(Noun)

    A force or influence that balances, checks or limits an opposite one.

  3. counterbalance(Verb)

    To apply weight in order to balance an opposing one.

    Big brother counterbalances his two siblings to the pound

  4. counterbalance(Verb)

    To apply force in order to balance an opposite one.

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

  5. counterbalance(Verb)

    To match or equal in effect, but acting in opposition

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

  6. Origin: counter (from contra 'against') + balance

Webster Dictionary

  1. Counterbalance(verb)

    to oppose with an equal weight or power; to counteract the power or effect of; to countervail; to equiponderate; to balance

  2. Counterbalance(noun)

    a weight, power, or agency, acting against or balancing another

  3. Counterbalance(noun)

    a mass of metal in one side of a driving wheel or fly wheel, to balance the weight of a crank pin, etc., on the opposite side of the wheel

  4. Counterbalance(noun)

    a counterpoise to balance the weight of anything, as of a drawbridge or a scale beam

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