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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A weight used as a counterbalance.
  • n. A force or influence equally counteracting another.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A heavy mass of often iron or concrete, mechanically linked in opposition to a load which is to be raised and lowered, with the intent of reducing the amount of work which must be done to effect the raising and lowering. Counterweights are used, for example, in cable-hauled elevators and some kinds of movable bridges (e.g. a bascule bridge).
  • v. To fit with a counterweight.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A weight in the opposite scale; a counterpoise.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. constitute a counterweight or counterbalance to
  • n. a weight that balances another weight

Etymologies

counter- +‎ weight (Wiktionary)

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