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counterbalance

[ noun koun-ter-bal-uhns; verb koun-ter-bal-uhns ]
/ noun 藞ka蕣n t蓹r藢b忙l 蓹ns; verb 藢ka蕣n t蓹r藞b忙l 蓹ns /
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noun
a weight balancing another weight; an equal weight, power, or influence acting in opposition; counterpoise.
verb (used with or without object), coun路ter路bal路anced, coun路ter路bal路anc路ing.
to act against or oppose with an equal weight, force, or influence; offset.
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Origin of counterbalance

First recorded in 1570鈥80; counter- + balance

OTHER WORDS FROM counterbalance

un路coun路ter路bal路anced, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for counterbalance

counterbalance

noun (藞ka蕣nt蓹藢b忙l蓹ns)
a weight or force that balances or offsets another
verb (藢ka蕣nt蓹藞b忙l蓹ns) (tr)
to act as a counterbalance
Also called: counterpoise
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