Counterbalance

  • 1 counterbalance — Ⅰ. counterbalance UK US /ˈkaʊntəˌbæləns/ US  / ṱɚ / verb [T] ► to have an equal but opposite effect on something in a positive way, so that it does not have too much of a particular characteristic: »Investment in forestry projects is intended to …

    Financial and business terms

  • 2 Counterbalance — 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. [1913… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 Counterbalance — 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 …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 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

  • 5 counterbalance — index counteract, cover (provide for), equipoise, neutralize, offset, oppose, outbalance, quid pro q …

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  • 6 counterbalance — 1570s (v.), from COUNTER (Cf. counter ) + BALANCE (Cf. balance), in reference to scales. Figurative use dates from 1630s. As a noun, from c.1600 …

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  • 7 counterbalance — vb offset, *compensate, countervail, balance, counterpoise Analogous words: *stabilize, steady, poise: *correct (sense 1) Contrasted words: *overturn, upset, capsize …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 8 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 …

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  • 9 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

  • 10 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

  • 11 counterbalance — [[t]ka͟ʊntə(r)bælens[/t]] counterbalances, counterbalancing, counterbalanced also counter balance 1) VERB To counterbalance something means to balance or correct it with something that has an equal but opposite effect. [V n] Add honey to… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 counterbalance — coun|ter|bal|ance1 [ kauntər,bæləns ] verb transitive to have an effect that is equal and opposite to something else: The risk is counterbalanced by the potential rewards. counterbalance coun|ter|bal|ance 2 [ kauntər,bæləns ] noun count something …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 13 counterbalance — n. a counterbalance to * * * [ˌkaʊntə bæləns] a counterbalance to …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 14 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. Syn: counterpoise …

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  • 15 counterbalance — verb Counterbalance is used with these nouns as the object: ↑effect …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 16 counterbalance — coun|ter|bal|ance [ˌkauntəˈbæləns US tər ] v [T] to have an equal and opposite effect to something such as a change, feeling etc ▪ Riskier investments tend to be counterbalanced by high rewards. >counterbalance [ˈkauntəˌbæləns US tər ] n …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 counterbalance — noun kaʊntəˌbal(ə)ns 1》 a weight that balances another. 2》 a factor having the opposite effect to that of another, preventing it from exercising a disproportionate influence. verb ˌkaʊntə bal(ə)ns be a counterbalance to …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 18 counterbalance — verb (T) to have an equal and opposite effect to something such as a change, feeling etc: His fear of his father is counterbalanced by a genuine respect. counterbalance noun (C) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 counterbalance — n. & v. n. 1 a weight balancing another. 2 an argument, force, etc., balancing another. v.tr. act as a counterbalance to …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 20 counterbalance — I. noun Date: circa 1611 1. a weight that balances another 2. a force or influence that offsets or checks an opposing force II. transitive verb Date: circa 1611 1. to oppose or balance with an equal weight or force 2. to equip with… …

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