Alteration (influenced by poise) of Middle English countrepeisfrom Old French contrepeiscontre-counter-peisweightavoirdupois
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Old French contrepois, contrepeser, later assimilated to poise.
Counterpoise Sentence Examples
The weight of the handles and their supports is balanced by the counterpoise z.
It was partly in order to counterpoise the power of archdeacons that bishops created officials (Fournier, p. 8).
From that time Russia gravitated slowly towards an alliance with France, and sought to create a counterpoise against the Triple Alliance of Germany, Austria and Italy.
The counterpoise w balances the head about its axis of rotation.
The fruit of his policy, which made of Rome a counterpoise against the effete empire of the Greeks upon the one hand and against the pressure of the feudal kingdom on the other, was seen in the succeeding century.