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coun·ter·bal·ance

 (koun′tər-băl′əns, koun′tər-băl′əns)
n.
1. A force or influence equally counteracting another.
2. A weight that acts to balance another; a counterpoise or counterweight.
tr.v. (koun′tər-băl′əns, koun′tər-băl′əns) coun·ter·bal·anced, coun·ter·bal·anc·ing, coun·ter·bal·anc·es
1. To act as a counteracting force, influence, or weight to; counterpoise.
2. To oppose with an equal force; offset.

counterbalance

n
(General Physics) a weight or force that balances or offsets another
vb (tr)
to act as a counterbalance
Also called: counterpoise

coun•ter•bal•ance

(n. ˈkaʊn tərˌbæl əns; v. ˌkaʊn tərˈbæl əns)

n., v. -anced, -anc•ing. n.
1. a weight balancing another weight; an equal power or influence acting in opposition; counterpoise.
v.t., v.i.
2. to oppose with an equal weight, force, or influence.
[1570–80]

counterbalance


Past participle: counterbalanced
Gerund: counterbalancing

Imperative
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Present
I counterbalance
you counterbalance
he/she/it counterbalances
we counterbalance
you counterbalance
they counterbalance
Preterite
I counterbalanced
you counterbalanced
he/she/it counterbalanced
we counterbalanced
you counterbalanced
they counterbalanced
Present Continuous
I am counterbalancing
you are counterbalancing
he/she/it is counterbalancing
we are counterbalancing
you are counterbalancing
they are counterbalancing
Present Perfect
I have counterbalanced
you have counterbalanced
he/she/it has counterbalanced
we have counterbalanced
you have counterbalanced
they have counterbalanced
Past Continuous
I was counterbalancing
you were counterbalancing
he/she/it was counterbalancing
we were counterbalancing
you were counterbalancing
they were counterbalancing
Past Perfect
I had counterbalanced
you had counterbalanced
he/she/it had counterbalanced
we had counterbalanced
you had counterbalanced
they had counterbalanced
Future
I will counterbalance
you will counterbalance
he/she/it will counterbalance
we will counterbalance
you will counterbalance
they will counterbalance
Future Perfect
I will have counterbalanced
you will have counterbalanced
he/she/it will have counterbalanced
we will have counterbalanced
you will have counterbalanced
they will have counterbalanced
Future Continuous
I will be counterbalancing
you will be counterbalancing
he/she/it will be counterbalancing
we will be counterbalancing
you will be counterbalancing
they will be counterbalancing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been counterbalancing
you have been counterbalancing
he/she/it has been counterbalancing
we have been counterbalancing
you have been counterbalancing
they have been counterbalancing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been counterbalancing
you will have been counterbalancing
he/she/it will have been counterbalancing
we will have been counterbalancing
you will have been counterbalancing
they will have been counterbalancing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been counterbalancing
you had been counterbalancing
he/she/it had been counterbalancing
we had been counterbalancing
you had been counterbalancing
they had been counterbalancing
Conditional
I would counterbalance
you would counterbalance
he/she/it would counterbalance
we would counterbalance
you would counterbalance
they would counterbalance
Past Conditional
I would have counterbalanced
you would have counterbalanced
he/she/it would have counterbalanced
we would have counterbalanced
you would have counterbalanced
they would have counterbalanced
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.counterbalance - a weight that balances another weight
sash weight - a counterweight for a sliding sash
tare - (chemical analysis) a counterweight used in chemical analysis; consists of an empty container that counterbalances the weight of the container holding chemicals
weight - an artifact that is heavy
2.counterbalance - equality of distributioncounterbalance - equality of distribution    
structure, construction - a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts; "the structure consisted of a series of arches"; "she wore her hair in an amazing construction of whirls and ribbons"
conformation - a symmetrical arrangement of the parts of a thing
symmetry, proportion - balance among the parts of something
3.counterbalance - a compensating equivalent
compensation - something (such as money) given or received as payment or reparation (as for a service or loss or injury)
Verb1.counterbalance - adjust for; "engineers will work to correct the effects or air resistance"
carry - compensate for a weaker partner or member by one's own performance; "I resent having to carry her all the time"
overcompensate, compensate, cover - make up for shortcomings or a feeling of inferiority by exaggerating good qualities; "he is compensating for being a bad father"
balance, equilibrise, equilibrize, equilibrate - bring into balance or equilibrium; "She has to balance work and her domestic duties"; "balance the two weights"
2.counterbalance - contrast with equal weight or force
counterpoise, counterpose, counterweight - constitute a counterweight or counterbalance to
counterpoint, contrast - to show differences when compared; be different; "the students contrast considerably in their artistic abilities"
3.counterbalance - oppose and mitigate the effects of by contrary actions; "This will counteract the foolish actions of my colleagues"
override - counteract the normal operation of (an automatic gear shift in a vehicle)
cancel, offset, set off - make up for; "His skills offset his opponent's superior strength"

counterbalance

verb offset, balance out, compensate for, make up for, counterpoise, countervail Add honey to counterbalance the acidity of the sauce.

counterbalance

verb
1. To act as an equalizing weight or force to:
2. To put in balance:
Translations
protiváhaprotizávaží
tasapainottaavastapainovastavoima

counterbalance

[ˈkaʊntəˌbæləns]
A. Ncontrapeso m (fig) → compensación f
B. VTcontrapesar (fig) → compensar

counterbalance

counter-balance [ˌkaʊntərˈbæləns] vtcontrebalancer, faire contrepoids à

counterbalance

[ˈkaʊntəˌbæləns]
1. ncontrappeso
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