counterweight

[koun-ter-weyt]

noun

a weight used as a counterbalance.

verb (used with object)

to balance or equip with a counterweight.

Nearby words

  1. countervail,
  2. countervailing,
  3. countervailing duty,
  4. counterview,
  5. counterweigh,
  6. counterword,
  7. counterwork,
  8. countess,
  9. counting,
  10. counting chamber

Origin of counterweight

First recorded in 1685–95; counter- + weight

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British Dictionary definitions for counterweight

counterweight

noun

a counterbalancing weight, influence, or force
Derived Formscounterweighted, adjective

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