Coun·ter·bal·ance v. t. [imp. & p. p. Counterbalanced 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 study of mind is necessary to counterbalance and correct the influence of the study of nature. --Sir W. Hamilton.
Coun·ter·bal·ance 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.
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: adjust or make up for; "engineers will work to correct the
effects or air resistance" [syn: compensate, correct,
even out, even off, even up]
2: oppose with equal weight or force [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]