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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.
When the Victory was renovated as part of the New 42nd Street project, the hemp system was replaced with a counterweight fly system.
Various counterweight options also give it versatility in roading, which can increase efficiency and return on investment for many owners.
Install the counterweight inside the magazine well opening (inside back of magazine well) of the frame and then hook the counterweight pivot pin into the small retaining hole at the top of the counterweight.
Therefore, it is necessary to consider the influence of counterweight on the fundamental frequency of pre-stressed concrete beams.
The counterweight shaft has been redesigned with a new lead-in thread that greatly reduces the chance of cross threading.
Both models feature a 24-tonne counterweight configuration and allow up to 16.
When the beam was released, the counterweight fell, and the projectile was dragged forward and upward, being flung high on the ends of the ropes.
While both theaters have what can be called modern counterweight rigging systems, many of the technologies of Cincinnati have been relegated to history, while Detroit's technologies and methods have endured.
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.