1. A weight that is put in opposition to an equal weight so it keeps that in balance.
  2. A force or influence that balances, checks or limits an opposite one.


  1. To apply weight in order to balance an opposing weight.
    ''Big brother counterbalances his two siblings to the pound.
  2. To apply force in order to balance an opposite one.
    ''Arm wrestling is undecided as long as the opponents counterbalance each-other
  3. To match or equal in effect, but acting in opposition
    ''The defenders' knowledge of the terrain roughly counterbalances the attackers' superior equipment

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