Definitions of counterbalance
  1. noun
    a weight that balances another weight
    synonyms: balance, counterpoise, counterweight, equaliser, equalizer
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    sash weight
    a counterweight for a sliding sash
    (chemical analysis) a counterweight used in chemical analysis; consists of an empty container that counterbalances the weight of the container holding chemicals
    type of:
    an artifact that is heavy
  2. noun
    a compensating equivalent
    synonyms: offset
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    type of:
    something (such as money) given or received as payment or reparation (as for a service or loss or injury)
  3. verb
    oppose and mitigate the effects of by contrary actions
    synonyms: counteract, countervail, neutralize
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    counteract the normal operation of (an automatic gear shift in a vehicle)
    type of:
    cancel, offset, set off
    make up for
  4. verb
    adjust for
    synonyms: compensate, correct, even off, even out, even up, make up
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    compensate for a weaker partner or member by one's own performance
    compensate, cover, overcompensate
    make up for shortcomings or a feeling of inferiority by exaggerating good qualities
    type of:
    balance, equilibrate, equilibrise, equilibrize
    bring into balance or equilibrium
  5. verb
    contrast with equal weight or force
    synonyms: oppose
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    counterpoise, counterpose, counterweight
    constitute a counterweight or counterbalance to
    type of:
    contrast, counterpoint
    to show differences when compared; be different
  6. noun
    equality of distribution
    synonyms: balance, equilibrium, equipoise
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    a symmetrical arrangement of the parts of a thing
    proportion, symmetry
    balance among the parts of something
    type of:
    construction, structure
    a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts
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