- 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 counterpoise
"Hamlet," on the other hand, is almost a lyric; there is no counterpoise to the student-prince.The Man Shakespeare
But such greatness had to endure its price and its counterpoise.
Mr. Fison instinctively placed himself to counterpoise them.The Plattner Story and Others
H. G. Wells
The counterpoise may either be fixed or movable, or both at once.Scenes and Characters of the Middle Ages
Edward Lewes Cutts
It was suspended at one end of a lever, with a counterpoise at the other.The Crystal Palace
- 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 counterpoise
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