[ noun koun-ter-bal-uhns; verb koun-ter-bal-uhns ]
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  1. a weight balancing another weight; an equal weight, power, or influence acting in opposition; counterpoise.

verb (used with or without object),coun·ter·bal·anced, coun·ter·bal·anc·ing.
  1. to act against or oppose with an equal weight, force, or influence; offset.

Origin of counterbalance

First recorded in 1570–80; counter- + balance

Other words for counterbalance

Other words from counterbalance

  • un·coun·ter·bal·anced, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for counterbalance


  1. a weight or force that balances or offsets another

verb(ˌkaʊntəˈbæləns) (tr)
  1. to act as a counterbalance

  • Also called: counterpoise

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