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1. A weight used as a counterbalance.
2. A force or influence equally counteracting another.

coun′ter·weight′ed (-wā′tĭd) adj.


a counterbalancing weight, influence, or force
ˈcounterˌweighted adj


(ˈkaʊn tərˌweɪt)

1. a weight used as a counterbalance.
2. to balance or equip with a counterweight.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.counterweight - 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
Verb1.counterweight - constitute a counterweight or counterbalance to
counterbalance, oppose - contrast with equal weight or force


A. N (lit, fig) → contrapeso m
B. VT (lit) → contrabalancear (fig) → contrarrestar, contrabalancear


n (= counterbalance) → contrepoids m
a counterweight to sth → un contrepoids à qch
vt (= counter) [+ action, proposal] → contrebalancer
References in classic literature ?
There has been a violent stress in one direction, and it needs a counterweight.
Here, were the Leith, Aberdeen, and Glasgow steamers, loading and unloading goods, and looking immensely high out of the water as we passed alongside; here, were colliers by the score and score, with the coal-whippers plunging off stages on deck, as counterweights to measures of coal swinging up, which were then rattled over the side into barges; here, at her moorings was to-morrow's steamer for Rotterdam, of which we took good notice; and here to-morrow's for Hamburg, under whose bowsprit we crossed.
without examination, to deny what has been said, I wish it to be considered that the motion which I have now explained follows as necessarily from the very arrangement of the parts, which may be observed in the heart by the eye alone, and from the heat which may be felt with the fingers, and from the nature of the blood as learned from experience, as does the motion of a clock from the power, the situation, and shape of its counterweights and wheels.
Having the counterweight suspended from the crane, and not fitted to a mobile tray, meant far less ground preparation and lower onsite costs for the Chunjo team.
And it was at the recent UK National YoYo Contest that he was crowned champion of the counterweight category - where a player uses a yo-yo with a counterweight on the other end of the string rather than having it attached to a finger.
The heavier counterweight option is ideal for contractors looking for a more powerful lifting machine.
The crane's counterweight was tilted at a dangerously steep slope and because of its heavy weight, fell down at a height of 45 metres onto the concrete slab [where the construction employees were working.
Its principles are solidarity and peaceful resolution of conflicts, though it was founded as a counterweight to the superpowers, abjuring big power military alliances and pacts.
In addition, counterweight packages have been reconfigured to improve weight distribution for increased lifting capacity and to provide a reduced profile for even better forward and right-side visibility.
For the following questions, assume you have a trebuchet with a counterweight having a mass of 30 kg, which you raise to a height of 4 meters.
On July 6, a 200tonne crane fell into the apartment block on Chandlers Wharf with the crane's five-tonne counterweight crashing through the main stairwell.