coun·​ter·​weight | \ ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌwāt How to pronounce counterweight (audio) \

Definition of counterweight

: an equivalent weight or force : counterbalance

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Other Words from counterweight

counterweight transitive verb

Examples of counterweight in a Sentence

The crane has a heavy counterweight on the back. hard work can often be a counterweight to modest intelligence
Recent Examples on the Web But in the design of our system, Congress is supposed to serve as a counterweight to the president, jealous of its prerogatives and independent of the executive branch. Steve Chapman, Star Tribune, "Senate GOP has disfigured democracy, maybe for good," 16 Feb. 2021 While not a formal military alliance like NATO, the Quad is seen by some as a potential counterweight to growing Chinese influence and alleged aggression in Asia-Pacific. Brad Lendon, CNN, "Japan and China both claim these islands as their own. Now the US is showing Tokyo how it can help defend them," 27 Oct. 2020 The tour was meant as a counterweight to China in a region where Beijing’s dollar diplomacy has bought significant influence. New York Times, "‘Trump Is Better’: In Asia, Pro-Democracy Forces Worry About Biden," 30 Nov. 2020 The looming question is whether McConnell will remain majority leader, with Republicans controlling the chamber as a counterweight to President-elect Joe Biden and House Democrats, who hold a slim majority. Author: Felicia Sonmez, Anchorage Daily News, "Senators elect McConnell, Schumer as leaders in next Congress, but majority still to be decided," 10 Nov. 2020 But even if Hinch and La Russa’s skills are a legitimate counterweight to their scandals, having the discussion still means losing time, energy and attention that could be spent on other worthy candidates elsewhere. Bradford William Davis,, "Tony La Russa and AJ Hinch’s comeback tours could work, but that doesn’t mean they’re worth it," 1 Nov. 2020 The United States views India as a useful counterweight to China, together with traditional allies in the region such as Australia and Japan. Joanna Slater, Washington Post, "What the U.S. election means for India," 29 Oct. 2020 Reminding the public of Trump officials’ responsibility for detestable policies seems like a suitable counterweight to the advantages customarily enjoyed by alumni of presidential administrations. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Shaming? Absolution? Jail? How to treat those complicit in Trump’s wrongdoing," 30 Oct. 2020 The United States views India as a counterweight to China’s growing ambitions in Asia, together with traditional U.S. allies in the region such as Japan and Australia. Joanna Slater, Washington Post, "With eye on China, India and the U.S. sign accord to deepen military ties," 27 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of counterweight

1693, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of counterweight was in 1693

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6 Mar 2021

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“Counterweight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of counterweight

: a weight that provides a balance against something of equal weight

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