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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.
(General Physics) a weight or force that balances or offsets another
vb (tr)Also called: counterpoise
to act as a counterbalance
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.
Past participle: counterbalanced
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|Noun||1.||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 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
|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)
|Verb||1.||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"
|2.||counterbalance - contrast with equal weight or force|
|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)
1. To act as an equalizing weight or force to: