[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.

Origin of equipoise

First recorded in 1625–35; equi- + poise1
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Related Words for equipoise

counterpoise, symmetry, counterbalance, equilibrium

Examples from the Web for equipoise

Historical Examples of equipoise

  • Even on the mornings when he felt ill, if he set to work he recovered his equipoise.

    Doctor Pascal

    Emile Zola

  • The mind became soured and morose, and lost much of its equipoise.

    Mary Barton

    Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

  • These and the retracted head and neck adjust the equipoise of the body.

  • I am positive it will agitate his equipoise to a protracted extent.

  • Lockwood started and for a moment he almost lost his equipoise.

    The Mystery Girl

    Carolyn Wells

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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