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counterpoise


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Counterpoise  \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. 
  Digby 
 
  2.  To  act  against  with  equal  power;  to  balance. 
 
  So  many  freeholders  of  English  will  be  able  to  beard 
  and  counterpoise  the  rest.  --Spenser. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Counterpoise  \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. 
  --Boyle. 
 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  counterpoise 
  n  :  an  equivalent  counterbalancing  weight  [syn:  {counterweight}, 
  {counterbalance},  {balance},  {equalizer},  {equaliser}] 
  v  :  constitute  a  counterweight  or  counterbalance  to  [syn:  {counterweight}, 
  {counterpose}] 




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