Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun counterbalance

3 senses of counterbalance

Sense 1
counterweight, counterbalance, counterpoise, balance, equalizer, equaliser -- (a weight that balances another weight)
       => weight -- (an artifact that is heavy)

Sense 2
balance, equilibrium, equipoise, counterbalance -- (equality of distribution)
       => structure, construction -- (a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts; "the structure consisted of a series of arches"; "she wore her hair in an amazing construction of whirls and ribbons")

Sense 3
counterbalance, offset -- (a compensating equivalent)
       => compensation -- (something (such as money) given or received as payment or reparation (as for a service or loss or injury))

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb counterbalance

3 senses of counterbalance

Sense 1
compensate, counterbalance, correct, make up, even out, even off, even up -- (adjust for; "engineers will work to correct the effects or air resistance")
       => balance, equilibrate, equilibrize, equilibrise -- (bring into balance or equilibrium; "She has to balance work and her domestic duties"; "balance the two weights")

Sense 2
oppose, counterbalance -- (contrast with equal weight or force)
       => contrast, counterpoint -- (to show differences when compared; be different; "the students contrast considerably in their artistic abilities")

Sense 3
counteract, countervail, neutralize, counterbalance -- (oppose and mitigate the effects of by contrary actions; "This will counteract the foolish actions of my colleagues")
       => cancel, offset, set off -- (make up for; "His skills offset his opponent's superior strength")

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