Counterpoise Definition

kountər-poiz
counterpoised, counterpoises, counterpoising
noun
counterpoises
A weight that balances another.
Webster's New World
A force, influence, or power that balances or neutralizes another.
Webster's New World
A state of balance or equilibrium.
Webster's New World
verb
counterpoised, counterpoises, counterpoising
To oppose with an equal weight; counterbalance.
American Heritage
Webster's New World
To act against with an equal force or power; offset.
American Heritage
To act against with equal weight; to equal in weight; to balance the weight of; to counterbalance.
Wiktionary
To act against with equal power; to balance.
Wiktionary
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Other Word Forms of Counterpoise

Noun

Singular:
counterpoise
Plural:
counterpoises

Origin of Counterpoise

  • Alteration (influenced by poise) of Middle English countrepeis from Old French contrepeis contre- counter- peis weight avoirdupois

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French contrepois, contrepeser, later assimilated to poise.

    From Wiktionary

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