overbalance

verb
over·​bal·​ance | \ˌō-vər-ˈba-lən(t)s \
overbalanced; overbalancing; overbalances

Definition of overbalance 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : outweigh

2 : to cause to lose balance

overbalance

noun
over·​bal·​ance | \ˈō-vər-ˌba-lən(t)s \

Definition of overbalance (Entry 2 of 2)

: something more than an equivalent

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Synonyms for overbalance

Synonyms: Verb

outrank, outweigh, overshadow, overweigh

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Examples of overbalance in a Sentence

Verb

He overbalanced and fell off the stool. She tried to reach the vase but overbalanced herself and fell off the stool.

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Valcuha and the orchestra brought vibrancy and color to the huge first movement, which can threaten to overbalance the rest of the score if it’s not kept at least somewhat in check. Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle, "San Francisco Symphony does right by little-known Prokofiev," 4 May 2018 Unfortunately the piano tended to overbalance the rest of the ensemble, a problem that might have been avoided had there been a lid on the Steinway concert grand. John Von Rhein, chicagotribune.com, "Bella Voce looks back on its storied past, Bach Week projects spirit of its namesake forward," 29 Apr. 2018 There were moments when De Silva overbalanced Perlman, and a slight tendency with both musicians to rush rapid-note passages, especially in the irresistibly cute Scherzo. Paul Hodgins, Orange County Register, "Perlman’s Segerstrom concert calms the storm," 23 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of overbalance

Verb

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

circa 1659, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of overbalance was in 1605

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overbalance

verb

English Language Learners Definition of overbalance

: to lose your balance

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