Counterpoise 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. [1913 Webster]

Weights, counterpoising one another. --Sir K. Digby. [1913 Webster]

2. To act against with equal power; to balance. [1913 Webster]

So many freeholders of English will be able to beard and counterpoise the rest. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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