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

  • n. A force or influence equally counteracting another.
  • n. A weight that acts to balance another; a counterpoise or counterweight.
  • transitive v. To act as a counteracting force, influence, or weight to; counterpoise.
  • transitive v. To oppose with an equal force; offset.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A weight that is put in opposition to an equal weight so it keeps that in balance.
  • n. 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. To match or equal in effect, but acting in opposition

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.
  • transitive v. To oppose with an equal weight or power; to counteract the power or effect of; to countervail; to equiponderate; to balance.

from The 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.

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

  • 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

Etymologies

counter- +‎ balance. (Wiktionary)

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