Definition of overbalance in English:

overbalance

verb

British
  • 1Fall or cause to fall over from loss of balance.

    no object ‘he overbalanced and fell against the wall’
    with object ‘their combined weight had overbalanced them’
    • ‘Chad smirked and leaned closer, careful not to overbalance.’
    • ‘He overbalanced and fell into the window display, bringing down the rest of the glass.’
    • ‘They figured the weight of the stuff overbalanced them and they fell off of places.’
    • ‘Screaming, she sat up quickly, overbalanced, and fell out of the tree on to the wet ground.’
    • ‘It came free in a sudden rush and he felt himself overbalance.’
    • ‘I managed to sit down a little heavily into a canvas director's chair, causing me to overbalance and topple over backward.’
    • ‘He pulled himself inside, then overbalanced and landed head-first on the floor.’
    • ‘On more than one occasion, Katy nearly overbalanced while brushing cobwebs from her face.’
    • ‘It appears he swung his legs over the wall and overbalanced, and was unaware there was a sheer drop at the other side.’
    • ‘Her sudden bolt as he had been about to catch her had caused Father to overbalance and fall in the dirt.’
    • ‘With a thudding heart, I took a few steps forward and then overbalanced.’
    • ‘He hopped off the last few feet and nearly overbalanced.’
    • ‘He could vault over a much smaller opponent without causing his victim to overbalance and fall.’
    • ‘She overbalanced and fell forwards, instinctively curling into a rolling ball.’
    • ‘We didn't overbalance, but we did end up veering around a bit to stay upright.’
    • ‘I watch as her foot slips from the narrow track and she overbalances backwards, dragged by the weight of her heavy pack.’
    • ‘We overbalanced and tumbled towards the window, smashing it and falling through.’
    • ‘However, he overbalanced and ended up on both knees.’
    • ‘She felt herself start to slip from the branch, leaned back, and overbalanced.’
    • ‘If she leaned too far to go to the toilet, she'd overbalance entirely and never be able to get up again.’
    fall over, topple over, lose one's balance, lose one's footing, tip over, keel over, capsize, overturn, turn turtle
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    1. 1.1with object Outweigh.
      ‘the days of unhappiness were far overbalanced by days of wild expressions of love’
      • ‘Sum-ranking fails to give sufficient salience to the worth of each person: it in effect permits one person's large misery to be overbalanced by small benefits to a large number of others.’
      be greater than, exceed, be superior to, take precedence over, take priority over, prevail over, have the edge on, have the edge over, preponderate over, override, tip the balance against, tip the scales against, turn the balance against, turn the scales against, supersede, offset, cancel out, make up for, more than make up for, outbalance, compensate for, redress
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noun

archaic
  • An excess of weight, value, or amount.

    ‘an overbalance of propriety’

Pronunciation

overbalance

/əʊvəˈbal(ə)ns/