Meaning of “counterweight” in the English Dictionary

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counterweightnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkaʊn.tə.weɪt/ us /ˈkaʊn.t̬ɚ.weɪt/

Examples from literature

  • He also showed a "disappearing" gun in an earthwork, the gun recoiling below the level of the parapet and being run up to a firing position by a counterweight. 
  • The counterweight being suitably adjusted, the lever falls when the thread has become fine enough to need another cocoon. 
  • Their boats are very narrow, and have only a counterweight at the opposite end, where they carry their sail. 
  • This overcame the atmospheric pressure on the piston from above and allowed the piston to rise by a counterweight on the rod over and connecting to the pump. 
  • Yet Sir Gregory delivered it with an incisive gusto, desperately countersigning his own death warrant. 

(Definition of “counterweight” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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