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overbalance

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v overbalance cause to be off balance "It is not desirable to overbalance the budget"
    • v overbalance weigh more heavily "these considerations outweigh our wishes"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Overbalance Excess of weight or value; something more than an equivalent; as, an overbalance of exports.
    • Overbalance To cause to lose balance or equilibrium.
    • Overbalance To exceed equality with; to outweigh.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • overbalance To exceed in weight, value, or importance; surpass; preponderate over.
    • overbalance To destroy the balance or equilibrium of; cause to lose balance: often with a reflexive pronoun: as, to overbalance ourselves and fall.
    • n overbalance Excess of weight or value; something which is more than an equivalent; a counterbalance: as, an overbalance of exports.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Overbalance ō-vėr-bal′ans to exceed in weight, value, or importance: to cause to lose (one's) balance
    • n Overbalance excess of weight or value
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Usage

In literature:

This trouble and delay may overbalance the supposed advantages.
"A Book for All Readers" by Ainsworth Rand Spofford
Our duties may overbalance our rights.
"Ancient Law" by Sir Henry James Sumner Maine
Even the prospect of seeing Joe may not overbalance that.
"The Moving Picture Boys on the Coast" by Victor Appleton
The reproductive instinct, unchecked, will overbalance group survival in the end.
"This Crowded Earth" by Robert Bloch
The yearly increase in population would more than overbalance the number transplanted.
"The Future of the American Negro" by Booker T. Washington
Frequently these costs, measured in terms of misery, are so great as to overbalance the advantages gained through the experiment.
"The Next Step" by Scott Nearing
He was slipping forward again; he would soon overbalance.
"Murder Point" by Coningsby Dawson
A snake that "darts" when it has nothing secure to hold on by, only overbalances itself.
"Lords of the Housetops" by Various
That in the present mood I am in overbalances everything that can be laid in the scale against it.
"Robert Burns" by Gabriel Setoun
Three sessions with a good record might overbalance the loss in public confidence this would incur.
"A Mixture of Genius" by Arnold Castle
This caused the bridge itself to overbalance and fall down.
"The Memoirs of the Conquistador Bernal Diaz del Castillo, Vol 1 (of 2)" by Bernal Diaz del Castillo
For all its tiny legs, no bird wobbles or overbalances, much less trips or stumbles.
"The Promise of Air" by Algernon Blackwood
This increase in the lumber-cut far overbalances the growth of trees.
"Wood and Forest" by William Noyes
The pleasure shall overbalance the pain.
"A New Atmosphere" by Gail Hamilton
He was rather late in reaching this susceptible stage, as is often the case when the physical organism overbalances the nervous.
"The Fourth Estate, vol.1" by Armando Palacio Valdés
Overbalance makes the record slope downwards.
"Life Movements in Plants, Volume II, 1919" by Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
Confined by the sea, they can scarcely increase in numbers, wealth, and strength, so as to overbalance England.
"Memoirs of Benjamin Franklin; Written by Himself, Volume II (of 2)" by Benjamin Franklin
That stress point is but for a moment, then the weight of the water overbalances the strain, and whirr!
"In the Roar of the Sea" by Sabine Baring-Gould
The force he used caused the body to overbalance and roll, with the chair, upon the floor.
"The Temptress" by William Le Queux
Several times, I have known men to overbalance and fall into the pit.
"Life in a Railway Factory" by Alfred Williams
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