Definitions for: Counterbalance


[n] an equivalent counterbalancing weight
[n] a compensating equivalent
[n] equality of distribution
[v] oppose and mitigate the effects of by contrary actions; "This will counteract the foolish actions of my colleagues"
[v] place in opposition: can also be used in an abstract sense; "Oppose thy steadfast gazing eyes to mine"- Shakespeare
[v] make up for, make good



Webster (1913) Definition: Coun`ter*bal"ance (-b?l"ans), v. t. [imp. & p.
p. Counterbalanced (-anst); p. pr. & vb. n.
Counterbalancing.]
To oppose with an equal weight or power; to counteract the
power or effect of; to countervail; to equiponderate; to
balance.

The remaining air was not able to counterbalance the
mercurial cylinder. --Boyle.

The cstudy of mind is necessary to counterbalance and
correct the influence of the study of nature. --Sir W.
Hamilton.


Coun"ter*bal`ance (koun"t?r-b?l`ans), n.
A weight, power, or agency, acting against or balancing
another; as:
(a) A mass of metal in one side of a driving wheel or fly
wheel, to balance the weight of a crank pin, etc., on the
opposite side of the wheel.
(b) A counterpoise to balance the weight of anything, as of a
drawbridge or a scale beam.

Money is the counterbalance to all other things
purchasable by it. --Locke.

Synonyms: balance, balance, compensate, counteract, counterpoise, countervail, counterweight, equaliser, equalizer, equilibrium, equipoise, even off, even out, even up, neutralize, offset, oppose, turn the scales

See Also: balance, cancel, carry, compensation, conformation, construction, contrast, counterpoint, counterpoise, counterpose, counterweight, cover, equilibrate, equilibrise, equilibrize, offset, overcompensate, override, proportion, sash weight, set off, structure, symmetry, tare, weight

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