Counterpoise

Definition of Counterpoise

Coun´ter`poise`   Pronunciation: koun´t?r-poiz`; 277
v. t.1.To act against with equal weight; to equal in weight; to balance the weight of; to counterbalance.
[imp. & p. p. Counterpoised (-poizd`); p. pr. & vb. n. Counterpoising.]
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.
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.

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