coun·ter·weight


coun·ter·weight
/ˈkaʊntɚˌweıt/ noun, pl -weights [count]
: a weight that provides a balance against something of equal weight

The crane has a heavy counterweight on the back.

— often used figuratively

Their liberal views act as a counterweight to/against the governor's conservatism.


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  • coun|ter|weight — «KOWN tuhr WAYT», noun. a weight that balances another weight; counterpoise …   Useful english dictionary

  • coun|ter|weight|ed — «KOWN tuhr WAY tihd», adjective. having a counterweight …   Useful english dictionary

  • coun|ter|poise — «KOWN tuhr POYZ», noun, verb, poised, pois|ing. –n. 1. a weight balancing another weight; counterbalancing weight. 2. Figurative. any equal or opposing power or force. 3. the condition of being in balance; equilibrium: »Figurative. The…two styles …   Useful english dictionary

  • coun|ter|bal|ance — «noun. KOWN tuhr BAL uhns; verb. KOWN tuhr BAL uhns», noun, verb, anced, anc|ing. –n. 1. a weight balancing another weight; counterpoise. 2. Figurative: »Her husband s cool judgment was a counterbalance to her impulsiveness. –v.t., v.i. 1. to act …   Useful english dictionary

  • coun|ter|force — «KOWN tuhr FRS, FOHRS», noun. a force acting in opposition to another; contrary, opposing, or resisting force: »The counterforce to the body s efforts is provided by the body weight (New Scientist) …   Useful english dictionary

  • coun|ter|weigh — «KOWN tuhr WAY», intransitive verb. to act as a counterpoise or equivalent weight (with or against). –v.t. to counterbalance; counterpoise …   Useful english dictionary

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  • coun — ac·coun·tan·cy; back·coun·try; coun; coun·cil·lor; coun·cil·lor·ship; coun·cil·man; coun·cil·man·ic; coun·sel·able; coun·sel·ee; coun·sel·or; coun·te·nanc·er; coun·ter·act; coun·ter·ac·tant; coun·ter·act·ing·ly; coun·ter·action; coun·ter·agent;… …   English syllables

  • weight — handy·weight; pen·ny·weight·er; sub·weight; weight·age; weight; weight·er; weight·i·ly; weight·i·ness; weight·less; Weight·om·e·ter; coun·ter·weight; weight·ed·ly; weight·ed·ness; weight·less·ly; weight·less·ness; …   English syllables

  • counter-weight — counˈter weight noun 1. Weight in an opposite scale 2. A counterbalancing influence or force • • • Main Entry: ↑counter …   Useful english dictionary


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