Definition of overbalance in US English:

overbalance

verb

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

    with object ‘their combined weight had overbalanced them’
    no object ‘the ladder overbalanced on top of her’
    • ‘He overbalanced and fell into the window display, bringing down the rest of the glass.’
    • ‘He could vault over a much smaller opponent without causing his victim to overbalance and fall.’
    • ‘Her sudden bolt as he had been about to catch her had caused Father to overbalance and fall in the dirt.’
    • ‘We overbalanced and tumbled towards the window, smashing it and falling through.’
    • ‘He pulled himself inside, then overbalanced and landed head-first on the floor.’
    • ‘With a thudding heart, I took a few steps forward and then overbalanced.’
    • ‘Chad smirked and leaned closer, careful not to overbalance.’
    • ‘It came free in a sudden rush and he felt himself overbalance.’
    • ‘I watch as her foot slips from the narrow track and she overbalances backwards, dragged by the weight of her heavy pack.’
    • ‘We didn't overbalance, but we did end up veering around a bit to stay upright.’
    • ‘She felt herself start to slip from the branch, leaned back, and overbalanced.’
    • ‘On more than one occasion, Katy nearly overbalanced while brushing cobwebs from her face.’
    • ‘I managed to sit down a little heavily into a canvas director's chair, causing me to overbalance and topple over backward.’
    • ‘If she leaned too far to go to the toilet, she'd overbalance entirely and never be able to get up again.’
    • ‘It appears he swung his legs over the wall and overbalanced, and was unaware there was a sheer drop at the other side.’
    • ‘However, he overbalanced and ended up on both knees.’
    • ‘They figured the weight of the stuff overbalanced them and they fell off of places.’
    • ‘She overbalanced and fell forwards, instinctively curling into a rolling ball.’
    • ‘Screaming, she sat up quickly, overbalanced, and fell out of the tree on to the wet ground.’
    • ‘He hopped off the last few feet and nearly overbalanced.’
    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.
      ‘I fault the university for many things, but all are overbalanced by its unparalleled resources’
      • ‘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.

    ‘overbalance of propriety’

Pronunciation

overbalance

/ˌōvərˈbaləns//ˌoʊvərˈbæləns/