American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A force or influence equally counteracting another.
- n. A weight that acts to balance another; a counterpoise or counterweight.
- v. To act as a counteracting force, influence, or weight to; counterpoise.
- v. To oppose with an equal force; offset.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To weigh against with an equal weight; act against with equal power or effect; countervail; serve as a counterpoise to; offset; make up for.
- n. Equal weight, power, or influence acting in opposition to anything.
- n. In mech., a weight used to balance the vibrating parts of machinery upon their axis, so as to cause them to turn freely and to require little power to set them in motion; also, a weight by which a lever acted upon by an intermitting force is returned to its position, as in the case of the beam of a single-acting steam-engine; a counterpoise.
- n. In elevators, a weight suspended on a rope which is attached to the car and passes over a pulley at the top of the elevator-shaft. The weight is usually heavier than the car, so as to allow for the average load.
- n. literally A weight that is put in opposition to an equal weight so it keeps that in balance.
- n. figuratively A force or influence that balances, checks or limits an opposite one.
- v. To apply weight in order to balance an opposing one.
- v. To apply force in order to balance an opposite one.
- v. figuratively To match or equal in effect, but acting in opposition
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To oppose with an equal weight or power; to counteract the power or effect of; to countervail; to equiponderate; to balance.
- n. 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 wheel.
- n. A counterpoise to balance the weight of anything, as of a drawbridge or a scale beam.
- n. equality of distribution
- n. a compensating equivalent
- n. a weight that balances another weight
- v. adjust for
- v. contrast with equal weight or force
- v. oppose and mitigate the effects of by contrary actions
- counter- + balance. (Wiktionary)
“What a pity her main conservative counterbalance is Hasselbeck.”
“$900 billion budget is at least six times more than China's defense spending, which is probably the greatest potential long-term counterbalance to US military dominance.”
“It’s absolutely amazing that they could let the frequently lying Rush Limbaugh continue to broadcast on Armed Forces Radio and would decide to pull the plug to his rightful counterbalance from the progressive side of the fence, Ed Schultz.”
“But the counterbalance is the presence of that 16-year-old stepdaughter in the car while she's running over her dad.”
“In a sense nostalgia can been viewed as 'a coping mechanism in uncertain times', used by both the state and individuals to 'counterbalance' the violence and breakdown of social norms which occurred during a war that fractured the public sphere.”
“He made the gracious point that, absent any meaningful input from Republicans, the Blue Dogs are playing a useful role in creating a certain kind of counterbalance in the overall funding debate, which is needed.”
“Of course not - but today's media always feels the need to "counterbalance" everything - even if it overstates or validates ridiculous positions.”
“It will probably come as a "counterbalance" to complaints that our trillion dollar war in Iraq had something to do with it.”
“I think you see you've got to have some kind of counterbalance to greed, for example.”
“So all the energy that it took they actually powered with renewable energy in order to kind of counterbalance what they were putting out there.”
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