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Meaning of COUNTERBALANCE

Pronunciation:  [n]'kawntur`baluns, [v]'kawntur'baluns, 'kaûntu`baluns

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

COUNTERBALANCE is a 14 letter word that starts with C.

 

 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

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \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.
    
    
  2. \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.
    
    
 
Thesaurus Terms
 
 Related Terms: accommodate, adjust, amend, annul, antipode, antipodes, antipole, antithesis, antonym, atone for, balance, ballast, be at cross-purposes, be heavy, be opposed to, bring to nothing, buffer, cancel, cancel out, carry weight, clash, come to nothing, compensate, conflict, conflict with, consideration, contra, contradict, contrapose, contrast with, contravene, controvert, converse, coordinate, correct, counter, counteract, counterblast, countercheck, countercurrent, counterforce, counterinfluence, counterpoint, counterpoise, counterpole, counterpose, counterpressure, counterterm, countervail, counterweigh, counterweight, counterwork, crosscurrent, equalize, equate, equipoise, equiponderate, equivalent, even, even up, firm, firm up, fit, foil, foul wind, freeze, frustrate, give-and-take, have weight, head wind, heft, hold, hold the scales, immobilize, integrate, invalidate, inverse, juxtapose in opposition, keep, level, lie heavy, make up, makeweight, nail down, negate, negativate, negative, neutralize, nullify, obverse, offset, oppose, opposite, opposite number, oppugn, outweigh, pin down, play at cross-purposes, poise, proportion, quid pro quo, rectify, redeem, retain, reverse, run counter to, set off, setoff, something of value, square, square up, stabilitate, stabilize, steady, stick, strike a balance, stultify, the contrary, the other side, thwart, tip the scales, tit for tat, transfix, undercurrent, undo, vis-a-vis, vitiate, void, weigh, weigh heavy, weigh in, weigh out, weight
 

 

 

 

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