Definition of Counterbalance

1. Noun. A weight that balances another weight.

Exact synonyms: Balance, Counterpoise, Counterweight, Equaliser, Equalizer
Specialized synonyms: Sash Weight, Tare
Generic synonyms: Weight
Derivative terms: Counterpoise, Counterweight, Equalise, Equalize

2. Verb. Adjust for. "Engineers will work to correct the effects or air resistance"
Exact synonyms: Compensate, Correct, Even Off, Even Out, Even Up, Make Up
Specialized synonyms: Carry, Compensate, Cover, Overcompensate
Generic synonyms: Balance, Equilibrate, Equilibrise, Equilibrize
Derivative terms: Compensation, Corrective

3. Noun. Equality of distribution.
Exact synonyms: Balance, Equilibrium, Equipoise
Generic synonyms: Construction, Structure
Specialized synonyms: Conformation, Proportion, Symmetry
Derivative terms: Equilibrate, Equilibrate, Equilibrize

4. Verb. Contrast with equal weight or force.
Exact synonyms: Oppose
Specialized synonyms: Counterpoise, Counterpose, Counterweight
Generic synonyms: Contrast, Counterpoint

5. Noun. A compensating equivalent.
Exact synonyms: Offset
Generic synonyms: Compensation
Derivative terms: Offset, Offset

6. Verb. Oppose and mitigate the effects of by contrary actions. "This will counteract the foolish actions of my colleagues"
Exact synonyms: Counteract, Countervail, Neutralize
Specialized synonyms: Override
Generic synonyms: Cancel, Offset, Set Off
Derivative terms: Counteraction, Counteractive, Neutralization

Definition of Counterbalance

1. v. t. To oppose with an equal weight or power; to counteract the power or effect of; to countervail; to equiponderate; to balance.

2. n. A weight, power, or agency, acting against or balancing another

Definition of Counterbalance

1. Noun. (literally) A weight that is put in opposition to an equal weight so it keeps that in balance. ¹

2. Noun. (figuratively) A force or influence that balances, checks or limits an opposite one. ¹

3. Verb. To apply weight in order to balance an opposing one. ¹

4. Verb. To apply force in order to balance an opposite one. ¹

5. Verb. (figuratively) To match or equal in effect, but acting in opposition ¹

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Literary usage of Counterbalance

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1. The Novels of Jane Austen by Jane Austen (1892)
"but, to counterbalance these advantages, Mr Darcy had considerable patronage in the ... counterbalance ..."

2. Maintenance of Way and Structures by William Clyde Willard (1915)
"The effect of incorrect counterbalance. 2. The angularity of the main rod. 3. ... The counterbalance is a concentrated weight attached to the spokes of a ..."

3. View of the State of Europe During the Middle Ages by Henry Hallam (1848)
"In what sense, besides, can it be meant, that Noyon or Amiens, by obtaining certain franchises, became a power that could counterbalance the Duke of ..."

4. The Tomb of Senebtisi at Lisht by Arthur Cruttenden Mace, Herbert Eustis Winlock (1916)
"... counterbalance -•—" ^ after each collar.1 This seems to have been a kind of makeweight, which hung down the back as a counterbalance to the collar. ..."

5. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1826)
"The Iconoclasts revered the virtues of CHAP, must be cast into the scale, to counterbalance the weight of .*• .-ч* the prince : forty years after his death, ..."

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