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

Definition of counterweight

: an equivalent weight or force : counterbalance

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 The Panther’s turret is bigger with sharper angles and a much larger overhang over the engine compartment, the latter to both store larger, heavier main gun ammunition and to act as a counterweight to the new 130-millimeter main gun. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 14 June 2022 Biden was meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and their counterparts from India and Australia for the Quad, an Indo-Pacific security and economic coalition meant as a counterweight to China’s growing influence in the region. Fox News, 26 May 2022 His comments Tuesday came during a meeting of the Quad, a partnership of influential Indo-Pacific democracies widely seen as a counterweight to China. Michelle Ye Hee Lee, Washington Post, 24 May 2022 The Quad has increasingly been seen as a counterweight to China’s growing reach in the region, with all four nations experiencing turbulent relations with Beijing over the past few years. Jessie Yeung, CNN, 23 May 2022 The cryptocurrency market, pitched as a counterweight to traditional stocks, is sinking. Justin Baer, WSJ, 21 May 2022 Robinson views it as a counterweight to the environmental degradation and poverty that has so often afflicted Richmond, one of the poorest communities in the Bay Area. Los Angeles Times, 6 May 2022 Its appeal as a counterweight to Tesla, highly regarded investors and 12-year buildup to production haven't been enough to protect its stock price from a downturn hitting nearly all electric vehicles companies. Matt Mcfarland, CNN, 29 Apr. 2022 Five years ago on Earth Day, the Smithsonian convened the first-ever global Earth Optimism Summit as a counterweight to what seemed like overwhelmingly bad news about species and ecosystem decline and climate catastrophe. Ruth Anna Stolk, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of counterweight

1693, in the meaning defined above

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“Counterweight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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