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counterpoise

[koun-ter-poiz]
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noun
  1. a counterbalancing weight.
  2. any equal and opposing power or force.
  3. the state of being in equilibrium; balance.
  4. Radio. a network of wires or other conductors connected to the base of an antenna, used as a substitute for the ground connection.
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verb (used with object), coun·ter·poised, coun·ter·pois·ing.
  1. to balance by an opposing weight; counteract by an opposing force.
  2. to bring into equilibrium.
  3. Archaic. to weigh (one thing) against something else; consider carefully.
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Origin of counterpoise

1375–1425; counter- + poise1; replacing late Middle English countrepeis < Anglo-French, equivalent to Old French contrepois
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Historical Examples

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • After three hours the precipitate is collected on counterpoised filters and washed.


British Dictionary definitions for counterpoised

counterpoise

noun
  1. a force, influence, etc, that counterbalances another
  2. a state of balance; equilibrium
  3. a weight that balances another
  4. a radial array of metallic wires, rods, or tubes arranged horizontally around the base of a vertical aerial to increase its transmitting efficiency
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verb (tr)
  1. to oppose with something of equal effect, weight, or force; offset
  2. to bring into equilibrium
  3. archaic to consider (one thing) carefully in relation to another
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Word Origin and History for counterpoised

counterpoise

n.

early 15c., from Old French contrepois (Modern French contrepoids), from contre- "against" (see contra-) + peis, from Latin pensum "weight," noun use of neuter past participle of pendere "to weigh" (see pendant).

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