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counterpoise

[ koun-ter-poiz ]
/ ˈkaʊn tərˌpɔɪz /
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noun

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.

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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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British Dictionary definitions for counterpoise

counterpoise
/ (ˈkaʊntəˌpɔɪz) /

noun

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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