[ koun-ter-poiz ]
/ ˈkaʊn tərˌpɔɪz /


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.

verb (used with object), coun·ter·poised, coun·ter·pois·ing.

Nearby words

  1. counterpin,
  2. counterplan,
  3. counterplea,
  4. counterplot,
  5. counterpoint,
  6. counterpoise bridge,
  7. counterpose,
  8. counterpressure,
  9. counterproductive,
  10. counterprogram

Origin of counterpoise

1375–1425; counter- + poise1; replacing late Middle English countrepeis < Anglo-French, equivalent to Old French contrepois Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for counterpoise


/ (ˈkaʊntəˌpɔɪz) /


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

verb (tr)

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Word Origin and History for counterpoise



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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