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

Definition of counterweight

: an equivalent weight or force : counterbalance

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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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The only counterweight to this enormous financial advantage is people power — organized citizen resistance. David Roberts, Vox, "Big Oil is using brute financial force to kill 2 state sustainability initiatives," 4 Nov. 2018 The top Republican representatives on those panels—such as firebrand conservative Jim Jordan, of Ohio, on Oversight—are likely to position themselves as counterweights to Democratic lines of inquiry. WSJ, "Issues That Will Drive Debate in the New Congress," 4 Jan. 2019 The counterweight that anchors the cable in space would have to weigh hundreds of thousands of pounds. Colin Stuart, WSJ, "Will Elevators to Outer Space Ever Get Off the Ground?," 20 Sep. 2018 That kind of everything-and-the-kitchen-sink performance can actually work if a movie is disciplined enough to serve as a counterweight. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Venom is a bizarre and baffling mess," 3 Oct. 2018 Without this instinctive loyalty, the Constitution’s checks and balances are barricades of foam and counterweights of butterfly’s breath. Joseph Tartakovsky, WSJ, "The Culture That Sustains America’s Constitution," 2 July 2018 Iraq Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has welcomed the counterweight to Iran. Margherita Stancati, WSJ, "Saudis Open Iraqi Border and Forge Ties to Counter Iran," 23 Aug. 2017 This means the counterweight weighed in the neighborhood of 15 tons. William Gurstelle, Popular Mechanics, "The Legend of Ludgar the War Wolf, King of the Trebuchets," 1 May 2017 But American forces are not inside the country to act as a counterweight to Iran, despite bin Salman’s wishes. W.j. Hennigan, Time, "Saudi Crown Prince Says U.S. Troops Should Stay in Syria," 30 Mar. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of counterweight

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

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grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

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