over·​bal·​ance | \ ˌō-vər-ˈba-lən(t)s How to pronounce overbalance (audio) \
overbalanced; overbalancing; overbalances

Definition of overbalance

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : outweigh
2 : to cause to lose balance


over·​bal·​ance | \ ˈō-vər-ˌba-lən(t)s How to pronounce overbalance (audio) \

Definition of overbalance (Entry 2 of 2)

: something more than an equivalent

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Synonyms: Verb

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb What’s worse, policy is still overbalanced toward power. David Roberts, Vox, 18 June 2019 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, 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, 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, 23 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of overbalance


1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1659, in the meaning defined above

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“Overbalance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overbalance. Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

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