• WordNet 3.6
    • v counterpoise constitute a counterweight or counterbalance to
    • n counterpoise a weight that balances another weight
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Counterpoise 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."
    • Counterpoise 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."
    • Counterpoise The relation of two weights or forces which balance each other; equilibrium; equiponderance. "The pendulous round eart, with balanced air,
      In counterpoise ."
    • Counterpoise To act against with equal power; to balance. "So many freeholders of English will be able to beard and counterpoise the rest."
    • Counterpoise To act against with equal weight; to equal in weight; to balance the weight of; to counterbalance. "Weights, counterpoising one another."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n counterpoise A weight equal to and balancing or counteracting another weight; specifically, a body or mass of the same weight with another opposed to it, as in the opposite scale of a balance.
    • n counterpoise Hence Any equal power or force acting in opposition; a force sufficient to balance another force.
    • n counterpoise The state of being in equilibrium with another weight or force.
    • n counterpoise In the manège, a position of the rider in which his body is duly balanced in his seat, not inclined more to one side than the other; equilibrium.
    • counterpoise To act in opposition to, or counteract, as a counterpoise; counterbalance; be equiponderant to; equal in weight.
    • counterpoise Hence To act against in any manner with equal power or effect; balance; restore the balance to.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Counterpoise to poise or weigh against or on the opposite side: to act in opposition to with equal effect
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. countrepese, OF. contrepois, F. contrepods,. See Counter adv,., and Poise (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. contra, against.


In literature:

In one pan of accurate scales, place the bottle; counterpoise by shot, sand or gravel.
"Guano" by Solon Robinson
Crooked trees are reform'd by taking off or topping the praeponderers, whilst charg'd with leaves, or woody and hanging counterpoises.
"Sylva, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by John Evelyn
I will spare the reader the mysteries of limitation, of counterpoise, of counterpoise and limitation mixed.
"The Life of William Ewart Gladstone, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by John Morley
First he sticks a small axe in his belt, serving as a counterpoise to a large hunting-knife and fire-bag which depend from the other side.
"Hudson Bay" by R.M. Ballantyne
A difficulty arose in adjusting the balance, when Mr. Atherstone suggested throwing a Fiddle in as a counterpoise.
"The Violin" by George Hart
But God has given it a terrestrial body to serve for a counterpoise.
"The Autobiography of Madame Guyon" by Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
The lodging-house life, call it squalid, mean, dreary if you will, is not without its alleviations and counterpoises.
"The Nebuly Coat" by John Meade Falkner
If all the elements needed are not furnished there can be no true counterpoise.
"Intestinal Ills" by Alcinous Burton Jamison
But such greatness had to endure its price and its counterpoise.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 07" by Various
Place flask and funnel on one pan of the scales, and counterpoise accurately.
"The Elements of Bacteriological Technique" by John William Henry Eyre

In science:

The neologism MACHO seems to have been first used in print by Griest 4 as a witty counterpoise to WIMPS (weakly interacting massive particles).
RIP: The Macho Era (1974-2004)