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Pronunciation:  'kawntur`poyz

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an equivalent counterbalancing weight
  2. [v]  constitute a counterweight or counterbalance to

COUNTERPOISE is a 12 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: balance, counterbalance, counterpose, counterweight, counterweight, equaliser, equalizer
 See Also: counterbalance, oppose, sash weight, tare, turn the scales, weight



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Coun"ter*poise`\ (koun"t?r-poiz`; 277), v. t.
    [imp. & p. p. {Counterpoised} (-poizd`); p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Counterpoising}.] [OE. countrepesen, counterpeisen, F.
    contrepeser. See {Counter}, adv., and {Poise}, v. t. ]
    1. To act against with equal weight; to equal in weight; to
       balance the weight of; to counterbalance.
             Weights, counterpoising one another.  --Sir K.
    2. To act against with equal power; to balance.
             So many freeholders of English will be able to beard
             and counterpoise the rest.            --Spenser.
  2. \Coun"ter*poise`\ (koun"t?r-poiz`), n. [OE.
    countrepese, OF. contrepois, F. contrepods. See {Counter},
    adv., and {Poise}, n.]
    1. A weight sufficient to balance another, as in the opposite
       scale of a balance; an equal weight.
             Fastening that to our exact balance, we put a
             metalline counterpoise into the opposite scale.
    2. An equal power or force acting in opposition; a force
       sufficient to balance another force.
             The second nobles are a counterpoise to the higher
             nobility, that they grow not too potent. --Bacon.
    3. The relation of two weights or forces which balance each
       other; equilibrium; equiponderance.
             The pendulous round eart, with balanced air, In
             counterpoise.                         --Milton.