[verb oh-ver-bal-uh ns; noun oh-ver-bal-uh ns]

verb (used with object), o·ver·bal·anced, o·ver·bal·anc·ing.

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
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Examples from the Web for overbalance

Historical Examples of overbalance

  • 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.

  • "I'll speak," he said abruptly, causing the fat man almost to overbalance.

British Dictionary definitions for overbalance


verb (ˌəʊvəˈbæləns)

to lose or cause to lose balance
(tr) another word for outweigh

noun (ˈəʊvəˌbæləns)

excess of weight, value, etc
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