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counterweight

[koun-ter-weyt]
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noun
  1. a weight used as a counterbalance.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to balance or equip with a counterweight.
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Origin of counterweight

First recorded in 1685–95; counter- + weight
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counterweight

noun
  1. a counterbalancing weight, influence, or force
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Derived Formscounterweighted, adjective
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