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

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, "The global transition to clean energy, explained in 12 charts," 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, "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


1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overbalance. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of overbalance

British : to lose your balance

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