NounCounterbalance (plural Counterbalances)
- (literally) A weight that is put in opposition to an equal weight so it keeps that in balance.
- (figuratively) A force or influence that balances, checks or limits an opposite one.
- To apply weight in order to balance an opposing one.
- Big brother counterbalances his two siblings to the pound
- To apply force in order to balance an opposite one.
- Arm wrestling is undecided as long as the opponents counterbalance each-other
- (figuratively) To match or equal in effect, but acting in opposition
- The defenders' knowledge of the terrain roughly counterbalances the attackers' superior equipment
- 1992, Rudolf M. Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, page ix
- A considerable effort has been made in these volumes to counterbalance this activity by introducing the student to the plants as living entities with a "life of their own," as Spruce put it.
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