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counterbalance (plural counterbalances)
- (literally) A weight that is put in opposition to an equal weight so it keeps that in balance.
- (figuratively) A force or influence that balances, checks or limits an opposite one.
weight balancing an opposite one
force or influence balancing an opposite one
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- (transitive) To apply weight in order to balance an opposing weight.
- Big brother counterbalances his two siblings to the pound.
- The remaining air was not able to counterbalance the mercurial cylinder.
- (transitive) To apply force in order to balance an opposite one.
- Arm wrestling is undecided as long as the opponents counterbalance each-other
- (transitive, figuratively) To match or equal in effect, but acting in opposition
- The defenders' knowledge of the terrain roughly counterbalances the attackers' superior equipment
- Sir W. Hamilton
- The study of mind is necessary to counterbalance and correct the influence of the study of nature.
- 1992, Rudolf M. Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, page ix
- A considerable effort has been made in these volumes to counterbalance this activity by introducing the student to the plants as living entities with a "life of their own," as Spruce put it.
to apply weight in order to balance