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1. A counterbalancing weight.
2. A force or influence that balances or equally counteracts another.
3. The state of being in equilibrium.
tr.v. coun·ter·poised, coun·ter·pois·ing, coun·ter·pois·es
1. To oppose with an equal weight; counterbalance.
2. To act against with an equal force or power; offset.
[Alteration (influenced by poise) of Middle English countrepeis, from Old French contrepeis : contre-, counter- + peis, weight; see avoirdupois.]
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1. a force, influence, etc, that counterbalances another
2. a state of balance; equilibrium
3. a weight that balances another
4. (Telecommunications) a radial array of metallic wires, rods, or tubes arranged horizontally around the base of a vertical aerial to increase its transmitting efficiency
5. to oppose with something of equal effect, weight, or force; offset
6. to bring into equilibrium
7. archaic to consider (one thing) carefully in relation to another
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n., v. -poised, -pois•ing. n.
1. a counterbalancing weight.
2. any equal and opposing power or force.
3. the state of being in equilibrium; balance.v.t.
4. to counterbalance.
[1375–1425; late Middle English countrepeis < Anglo-French; Old French contrepois=contre- counter- + pois; see poise1]
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Past participle: counterpoised
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|Noun||1.||counterpoise - a weight that balances another weight|
sash weight - a counterweight for a sliding sash
tare - (chemical analysis) a counterweight used in chemical analysis; consists of an empty container that counterbalances the weight of the container holding chemicals
weight - an artifact that is heavy
|Verb||1.||counterpoise - constitute a counterweight or counterbalance to|
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1. To act as an equalizing weight or force to:
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