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[verb oh-ver-bal-uh ns; noun oh-ver-bal-uh ns] /verb ˌoʊ vərˈbæl əns; noun ˈoʊ vərˌbæl əns/
verb (used with object), overbalanced, overbalancing.
to outweigh:
The opportunity overbalances the disadvantages of leaving town.
to cause to lose balance or to fall or turn over:
He accidentally overbalanced a vase.
an excessive weight or amount.
something that more than balances or more than equals:
An overbalance of imports depleted the country's treasury.
Origin of overbalance
First recorded in 1600-10; over- + balance Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Not quite; there is one quicker, which you will discover some day if you overbalance at the top!

    The Slave Of The Lamp Henry Seton Merriman
  • He is always heavier—why doesn't he overbalance the small child?

    Common Science Carleton W. Washburne
  • This trouble and delay may overbalance the supposed advantages.

    A Book for All Readers Ainsworth Rand Spofford
  • Several times, I have known men to overbalance and fall into the pit.

    Life in a Railway Factory Alfred Williams
  • "I'll speak," he said abruptly, causing the fat man almost to overbalance.

    With Wellington in Spain F. S. Brereton
  • The chances were in an overbalance against the empire; but for the emperor there was no chance at all.

    The Caesars Thomas de Quincey
  • The violence of his convictions was apt to overbalance his judgment.

    The Age of Tennyson

    Hugh Walker
  • Your home teaching must overbalance all that he hears outside.

  • If small pots are used, the head of the plant is apt to overbalance the whole.

  • These were needed as ballast, to overbalance the buoyancy of his inflated dress, and enable him to sink or rise at his pleasure.

    Caleb West, Master Diver F. Hopkinson Smith
British Dictionary definitions for overbalance


verb (ˌəʊvəˈbæləns)
to lose or cause to lose balance
(transitive) another word for outweigh
noun (ˈəʊvəˌbæləns)
excess of weight, value, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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