counterweight

noun coun·ter·weight \ ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌwāt \
Updated on: 17 May 2018

Definition of counterweight

: an equivalent weight or force : counterbalance

counterweight

transitive verb

Examples of counterweight in a Sentence

  1. The crane has a heavy counterweight on the back.

  2. hard work can often be a counterweight to modest intelligence

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Definition of counterweight for English Language Learners

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



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