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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
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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.
There has been a violent stress in one direction, and it needs a counterweight.
A lightweight aluminium top deck, coupled with the ability to store counterweights on the Crossover's sub-frame, makes the trailer ideally suited to the crane's lifting capacity.
4 tons and it was raised silently to the top of the towers thanks to counterweights triggered off by two electric motors.
The BRON 150P sideboom weighs 35,000/37,000 pounds fully loaded with side boom and counterweights, with a maximum overall length of 133.
Available with a 36", 48" and 60" stroke lengths, the units meet USDA paint-free equipment mandates and can be supplied with counterweights, adjustable leveling guides and locking casters.
So when the company, which manufactures a mix of gray iron counterweights and engineered castings, decided it needed to upgrade its melting systems to meet tightening environmental demands, Norton performed a careful analysis.
the leading independent manufacturer and supplier of custom fabricated steel counterweights, was awarded a contract to provide steel counterweights for all 71 elevators being installed by ThyssenKrupp Elevator in the Freedom Tower, at One World Trade Center, in New York City.
Buttresses, counterweights and road plates do not obstruct authorized traffic.
Isaiah uses judgment and hope as counterweights to despair.
The minor bad news was that the unit came with four tone arm counterweights and I had only two, plus the instruction manual was missing.