Definitions for: Counterpoise

[n] an equivalent counterbalancing weight
[v] constitute a counterweight or counterbalance to

Webster (1913) Definition: Coun"ter*poise` (koun"t?r-poiz`; 277), v. t.
[imp. & p. p. Counterpoised (-poizd`); p. pr. & vb. n.
Counterpoising.] [OE. countrepesen, counterpeisen, F.
contrepeser. See Counter, adv., and Poise, v. t. ]
1. To act against with equal weight; to equal in weight; to
balance the weight of; to counterbalance.

Weights, counterpoising one another. --Sir K.

2. To act against with equal power; to balance.

So many freeholders of English will be able to beard
and counterpoise the rest. --Spenser.

Coun"ter*poise` (koun"t?r-poiz`), n. [OE.
countrepese, OF. contrepois, F. contrepods. See Counter,
adv., and Poise, n.]
1. A weight sufficient to balance another, as in the opposite
scale of a balance; an equal weight.

Fastening that to our exact balance, we put a
metalline counterpoise into the opposite scale.

2. An equal power or force acting in opposition; a force
sufficient to balance another force.

The second nobles are a counterpoise to the higher
nobility, that they grow not too potent. --Bacon.

3. The relation of two weights or forces which balance each
other; equilibrium; equiponderance.

The pendulous round eart, with balanced air, In
counterpoise. --Milton.

Synonyms: balance, counterbalance, counterpose, counterweight, counterweight, equaliser, equalizer

See Also: counterbalance, oppose, sash weight, tare, turn the scales, weight

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