Coun"ter*poise` ]


To act against with equal weight; to equal in weght; to balance the weight of; to counterbalance.

Weigts, counterpoising one another. Sir K. Digby.


To act against with equal power; to balance.

So many freeholders of English will be able to beard and counterpoise the rest. Spenser.


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Coun"ter*poise` (koun"t?r-poiz`), n. [OE. countrepese, OF. contrepois, F. contrepods. See Counter, adv., and Poise, n.]


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.


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.


The relation of two weights or forces which balance each other; equilibrum; equiponderance.

The pendulous round eart, with balanced air, In counterpoise. Milton.


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