counterweight

noun
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

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Mexico’s former ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party, the PRI, long supported Luz del Mundo as a counterweight to the Roman Catholic Church, whose followers led an armed uprising against anti-clerical laws in the 1920s. Washington Post, "Mexican church leader still its ‘apostle’ after rape arrest," 6 June 2019 Mexico's former ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party, the PRI, long supported Luz del Mundo as a counterweight to the Roman Catholic Church, whose followers led an armed uprising against anti-clerical laws in the 1920s. Fox News, "Mexican church leader still its 'apostle' after rape arrest," 6 June 2019 Mexico's former ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party, the PRI, long supported Luz del Mundo as a counterweight to the Roman Catholic Church, whose followers led an armed uprising against anti-clerical laws in the 1920s. Mark Stevenson And Stefanie Dazio, Houston Chronicle, "Mexican church leader still its 'apostle' after rape arrest," 5 June 2019 The provision serves as a sort of counterweight, meant to help pay for the rest of the legislation. Emily Stewart, Vox, "The VA’s latest issues paying student veterans their benefits, explained," 11 Dec. 2018 Earlier in the year, the person familiar with the alliance’s deliberations said, the Japanese government had tried to act as a counterweight to the French state, which was asserting itself. Nick Kostov, WSJ, "Nissan Enlisted Japanese Government to Fend Off Renault Merger," 15 Feb. 2019 Thanks to the new research, evidence going back nearly a century now shows that unions have formed a critical counterweight to the power of companies. Susan Dynarski, New York Times, "Fresh Proof That Strong Unions Help Reduce Income Inequality," 6 July 2018 Their on-the-job pictures of colleagues offer a counterweight to the usually negative view of prison staff. Roberta Smith, Will Heinrich, Jason Farago, Martha Schwendener And Holland Cotter, New York Times, "What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week," 1 Mar. 2018 With both a counterweight and suction cups, the new robot appears able to keep its balance as move through its commands flawlessly. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Boston Dynamics New Handle Bot Seems Destined For Warehouses," 28 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of counterweight

1693, in the meaning defined above

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counterweight

noun

English Language Learners Definition of counterweight

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

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