- a counterbalancing weight.
- any equal and opposing power or force.
- the state of being in equilibrium; balance.
- Radio. a network of wires or other conductors connected to the base of an antenna, used as a substitute for the ground connection.
- to balance by an opposing weight; counteract by an opposing force.
- to bring into equilibrium.
- Archaic. to weigh (one thing) against something else; consider carefully.
Origin of counterpoise
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Examples from the Web for counterpoised
The lots, therefore, counterpoised each other pretty fairly.The Stock-Feeder's Manual
Charles Alexander Cameron
We have called witnesses on this point alone, and have more than counterpoised the evidence produced upon the opposite side.The Underground Railroad
Any remaining undissolved can be filtered off on a counterpoised filter paper, and heated in a water oven until absolutely dry.
Each section of the nation fatally hampered and counterpoised the other with a perpetual rivalry and menace.The Expositor's Bible: The First Book of Kings
F. W. Farrar
Two filter papers are taken and counterpoised—that is to say, they are made precisely the same weight.Poisons: Their Effects and Detection
Alexander Wynter Blyth
- a force, influence, etc, that counterbalances another
- a state of balance; equilibrium
- a weight that balances another
- a radial array of metallic wires, rods, or tubes arranged horizontally around the base of a vertical aerial to increase its transmitting efficiency
- to oppose with something of equal effect, weight, or force; offset
- to bring into equilibrium
- archaic to consider (one thing) carefully in relation to another
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Word Origin and History for counterpoised
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