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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Counterbalance  \Coun`ter*bal"ance\  (-b?l"ans),  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p. 
  p.  {Counterbalanced}  (-anst);  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Counterbalancing}.] 
  To  oppose  with  an  equal  weight  or  power;  to  counteract  the 
  power  or  effect  of  to  countervail;  to  equiponderate;  to 
  balance. 
 
  The  remaining  air  was  not  able  to  counterbalance  the 
  mercurial  cylinder.  --Boyle. 
 
  The  cstudy  of  mind  is  necessary  to  counterbalance  and 
  correct  the  influence  of  the  study  of  nature.  --Sir  W. 
  Hamilton. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Counterbalance  \Coun"ter*bal`ance\  (koun"t?r-b?l`ans),  n. 
  A  weight,  power,  or  agency,  acting  against  or  balancing 
  another;  as: 
  a  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. 
  b  A  counterpoise  to  balance  the  weight  of  anything  as  of  a 
  drawbridge  or  a  scale  beam. 
 
  Money  is  the  counterbalance  to  all  other  things 
  purchasable  by  it  --Locke. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  counterbalance 
  n  1:  an  equivalent  counterbalancing  weight  [syn:  {counterweight}, 
  {counterpoise},  {balance},  {equalizer},  {equaliser}] 
  2:  equality  of  distribution  [syn:  {balance},  {equilibrium},  {equipoise}] 
  3:  a  compensating  equivalent  [syn:  {offset}] 
  v  1:  make  up  for  make  good  [syn:  {compensate},  {even  out},  {even 
  off},  {even  up}] 
  2:  place  in  opposition:  can  also  be  used  in  an  abstract  sense 
  "Oppose  thy  steadfast  gazing  eyes  to  mine"-  Shakespeare 
  [syn:  {oppose}] 
  3:  oppose  and  mitigate  the  effects  of  by  contrary  actions; 
  "This  will  counteract  the  foolish  actions  of  my 
  colleagues"  [syn:  {counteract},  {countervail},  {neutralize}] 




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