Coun·ter·poise v. t. [imp. & p. p. Counterpoised p. pr. & vb. n. Counterpoising.]
1. To act against with equal weight; to equal in weight; to balance the weight of; to counterbalance.
Weights, counterpoising one another. --Sir K. Digby.
2. To act against with equal power; to balance.
So many freeholders of English will be able to beard and counterpoise the rest. --Spenser.
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. --Boyle.
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.
n : an equivalent counterbalancing weight [syn: counterweight,
counterbalance, balance, equalizer, equaliser]
v : constitute a counterweight or counterbalance to [syn: counterweight,