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[noun koun-ter-bal-uh ns; verb koun-ter-bal-uh ns] /noun ˈkaʊn tərˌbæl əns; verb ˌkaʊn tərˈbæl əns/

a weight another weight; an equal weight, power, or influence acting in opposition; counterpoise.
verb (used with or without object), counterbalanced, counterbalancing.
to act against or oppose with an equal weight, force, or influence; offset.
noun (ˈkaʊntəˌbæləns)
a weight or force that balances or offsets another
verb (transitive) (ˌkaʊntəˈbæləns)
to act as a counterbalance

1570s, from counter- + balance (v.), in reference to scales. Figurative use dates from 1630s. As a noun, from c.1600.


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