- a weight used as a counterbalance.
- to balance or equip with a counterweight.
Origin of counterweight
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It ascends by the counterweight at the pump end of the working beam.
The counterweight may be tied up, thereby opening the damper.The Traveling Engineers' Association
The stone rose at the first endeavor, as if a counterweight had forced the other end down.The Golden Triangle
A cord is attached to the top of the coop frame, and runs over the pulley, and is attached to a counterweight.
At the opposite end of the box frame a counterweight was attached which balanced about 700 lb.
- a counterbalancing weight, influence, or force
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