counterbalance

1. noun
a) A weight that is put in opposition to an equal weight so it keeps that in balance.
b) A force or influence that balances, checks or limits an opposite one.
2. verb
a) To apply weight in order to balance an opposing one.

Big brother counterbalances his two siblings to the pound

b) To apply force in order to balance an opposite one.

Arm wrestling is undecided as long as the opponents counterbalance each-other


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  • counterbalance — [kount′ər bal΄əns; ] for v., also [ kount΄ər bal΄əns] n. 1. a weight used to balance another weight; counterpoise 2. any force or influence that balances or offsets another vt. counterbalanced, counterbalancing to be a counterbalance to; offset …   English World dictionary

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  • counterbalance — [v] offset an action amend, atone for, balance, cancel, compensate, correct, counteract, counterpoise, countervail, equalize, make up for, outweigh, rectify, redeem, set off; concepts 87,96,126 …   New thesaurus

  • counterbalance — ► NOUN 1) a weight that balances another. 2) a factor having the opposite effect to that of another, so neutralizing it. ► VERB ▪ have an opposing and balancing effect on …   English terms dictionary

  • counterbalance — I UK [ˈkaʊntə(r)ˌbæləns] / US [ˈkaʊntərˌbæləns] verb [transitive] Word forms counterbalance : present tense I/you/we/they counterbalance he/she/it counterbalances present participle counterbalancing past tense counterbalanced past participle… …   English dictionary

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