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counterpoise

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},
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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