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Definition of "overbalance" []

  • To have greater weight or importance than. (verb-transitive)
  • To throw off balance. (verb-transitive)
  • To lose one's balance. (verb-intransitive)
  • An excess in weight or quantity. (noun)
  • Something that overbalances or more than equals something else. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "overbalance" in a sentence
  • "Leclère kicked out with one foot, but the rope bit into his neck and checked so abruptly as nearly to overbalance him."
  • "In a balancing test, the thumb on the scales can overbalance anything."
  • "When it appears to the untutored eye that any movement of the trailer would cause the whole slippery cargo to overbalance, it is re-hitched to the tractor which, grumbling and snorting, makes its laborious way back up the slope from the beach."