- a weight that balances another
- a force, influence, or power that balances or neutralizes another
- a state of balance or equilibrium
Origin of counterpoiseNorman French countrepeis (OFr contrepois): see counter and poise
transitive verb-·poised·, -·pois·ing
- A counterbalancing weight.
- A force or influence that balances or equally counteracts another.
- The state of being in equilibrium.
transitive verbcoun·ter·poised, coun·ter·pois·ing, coun·ter·pois·es
- To oppose with an equal weight; counterbalance.
- To act against with an equal force or power; offset.
Origin of counterpoiseAlteration (influenced by poise 1) of Middle English countrepeis from Old French contrepeis contre- counter- peis weight ; see avoirdupois .
(third-person singular simple present counterpoises, present participle counterpoising, simple past and past participle counterpoised)
- To act against with equal weight; to equal in weight; to balance the weight of; to counterbalance.
- To act against with equal power; to balance.
From Old French contrepois, contrepeser, later assimilated to poise.