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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To have greater weight or importance than.
  • transitive v. To throw off balance.
  • intransitive v. To lose one's balance.
  • n. An excess in weight or quantity.
  • n. Something that overbalances or more than equals something else.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To thrown (someone or something) off balance
  • v. To lose one's balance
  • v. To have an excess weight
  • v. To overcompensate
  • n. Excess of weight or value; something more than an equivalent.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Excess of weight or value; something more than an equivalent.
  • transitive v. To exceed equality with; to outweigh.
  • transitive v. To cause to lose balance or equilibrium.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To exceed in weight, value, or importance; surpass; preponderate over.
  • To destroy the balance or equilibrium of; cause to lose balance: often with a reflexive pronoun: as, to overbalance ourselves and fall.
  • n. Excess of weight or value; something which is more than an equivalent; a counterbalance: as, an overbalance of exports.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. cause to be off balance
  • v. weigh more heavily

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