[ee-kwuh-poiz, ek-wuh-]


an equal distribution of weight; even balance; equilibrium.
a counterpoise.

verb (used with object), e·qui·poised, e·qui·pois·ing.

to equal or offset in weight; balance.

Nearby words

  1. equipage,
  2. equiparation,
  3. equipartition,
  4. equipartition of energy,
  5. equipment,
  6. equipollent,
  7. equiponderance,
  8. equiponderate,
  9. equipotent,
  10. equipotential

Origin of equipoise

First recorded in 1625–35; equi- + poise1

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British Dictionary definitions for equipoise



even balance of weight or other forces; equilibrium
a counterbalance; counterpoise


(tr) to offset or balance in weight or force; balance
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Word Origin and History for equipoise



1650s, a contraction of the phrase equal poise (1550s); see equal (adj.) + poise (n.).

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