a weight balancing another weight; an equal weight, power, or influence acting in opposition; counterpoise.
to act against or oppose with an equal weight, force, or influence; offset.
- un·coun·ter·bal·anced, adjective
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How to use counterbalance in a sentence
Though the lamp is tall, it’s designed with a sturdy counterbalance and weighted base to keep it stable as you adjust it.
Personnel aboard the space station launched other thrusters as a counterbalance.
If Checkmate can deliver its promises, including on price, it will perform a valuable counterbalance in the skies above future battlefields.Russia’s new stealth fighter is a bargain worthy of a Bond villain | Rob Verger | July 22, 2021 | Popular-Science
The counterbalance to human society, that doesn’t exist with chimps, is our striving for egalitarianism in the group.Sebastian Junger: What We Talk About When We Talk About Freedom | Nathan S. Webster | May 31, 2021 | The Daily Beast
Everywhere, old athletes are thriving and providing a counterbalance to the harsh daily reminders of life’s fragility.As Serena Williams nears the end, her greatness plays on in Naomi Osaka | Jerry Brewer | February 18, 2021 | Washington Post
As an alternative religious player, says Greaves, the Satanic Temple provides yet another “counterbalance.”
The goal: to get them to reconsider Likud as a counterbalance to Bennett's scary religiosity.
Like it or not, some companies will need to function as a counterbalance if publishers are to survive as a species.Why Random and Penguin Must Merge—And When They Almost Did | Gayle Feldman | November 9, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
So to counterbalance the Court's criticism of our ancestors, let me say a word in their praise: they left us free to change.
This will nicely counterbalance the spectacle of street theater.
Within the National Church there was a great deal to counterbalance these injurious tendencies and check their growth.The English Church in the Eighteenth Century | Charles J. Abbey and John H. Overton
Are not the motives of the incredulous man strong enough to counterbalance his passions?Superstition In All Ages (1732) | Jean Meslier
The cause has been hindered in its action, or another cause has intervened to counterbalance the first.English: Composition and Literature | W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
This was a triumph for Mr. Gladstone of an entirely satisfactory character; but he had sore trials to counterbalance it.Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 4 of 8 | Various
The pommel, usually of steel, is roughly spherical or eight-sided, and serves as a counterbalance.
British Dictionary definitions for counterbalance
a weight or force that balances or offsets another
to act as a counterbalance
- Also called: counterpoise
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