verb (used with object), coun·ter·poised, coun·ter·pois·ing.
- counterpoise bridge,
Origin of counterpoise
Examples from the Web for counterpoise
This vessel is weighed with a counterpoise and hence only the increment in weight is recorded.
Mr. Fison instinctively placed himself to counterpoise them.The Plattner Story and Others|H. G. Wells
It remained to frame a legislative power as a counterpoise to this executive power, so concentrated and so strong.The Origins of Contemporary France, Volume 5 (of 6)|Hippolyte A. Taine
All the more, however, for this amiable tenderness do we need the counterpoise of a strong sense of justice.The Works of Whittier, Volume VI (of VII)|John Greenleaf Whittier
The gun is fulcrumed in a lever frame provided with a counterpoise which more than balances the gun.The Progress of Invention in the Nineteenth Century.|Edward W. Byrn
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).