counterbalance

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counterbalance

a weight or force that balances or offsets another

counterbalance

[¦kau̇nt·ər¦bal·əns]
(mechanical engineering)
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Why, the counterbalance that lifts the whole of this wall on to its pivot.
He may simply have cut the cord of the counterbalance and blocked the whole apparatus.
To counterbalance their royal descent, he had courage, activity, energy, and, above all, that devoted attachment to the cause which had procured him the epithet of The Saxon, and his birth was inferior to none, excepting only that of Athelstane and his ward.
that epitome of all the unsteady and profitless propensities of the settlers without one of their good qualities to counterbalance the evil
The fact is, he required something in the way of folly -- if only to counterbalance the heavy wisdom of the seven wise men who were his ministers -- not to mention himself.
It was the choicest gift of Heaven; and Anne viewed her friend as one of those instances in which, by a merciful appointment, it seems designed to counterbalance almost every other want.
If all this begins to unfold at such alarming rates, then inevitably, then at some moment, the question will probably arise as to our response in military terms of creating some counterbalances," the senior diplomat noted.