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counterpoise

COUNTERPOISE, v.t. s as z. [See Poise.]

1. To counterbalance; to weigh against with equal weight; to be equiponderant to; to equal in weight.

The force and distance of weights counterpoising each other, ought to be reciprocal.

The heaviness of bodies must be counterpoised by a plummet fastened about the pulley to the axis.

2. To act against the equal power or effect; to balance. The wisdom of the senate may be able to counterpoise the rash impetuosity of a democratic house.

COUNTERPOISE, n.

1. Equal weight acting in opposition to something; equiponderance; a weight sufficient to balance another in the opposite scale; equal balance.

2. Equal power or force acting in opposition; a force sufficient to balance another force; equipollence.

The second nobles are a counterpoise to the higher nobility.

3. In the manege, a position of the rider in which his body is duly balanced in his seat, not inclined more to one than the other.



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COUNTERPOISE, v.t. s as z. [See Poise.]

1. To counterbalance; to weigh against with equal weight; to be equiponderant to; to equal in weight.

The force and distance of weights counterpoising each other, ought to be reciprocal.

The heaviness of bodies must be counterpoised by a plummet fastened about the pulley to the axis.

2. To act against the equal power or effect; to balance. The wisdom of the senate may be able to counterpoise the rash impetuosity of a democratic house.

COUNTERPOISE, n.

1. Equal weight acting in opposition to something; equiponderance; a weight sufficient to balance another in the opposite scale; equal balance.

2. Equal power or force acting in opposition; a force sufficient to balance another force; equipollence.

The second nobles are a counterpoise to the higher nobility.

3. In the manege, a position of the rider in which his body is duly balanced in his seat, not inclined more to one than the other.

COUN'TER-POISE, n. [Fr. contrepoids; It. contrappeso; Sp. contrapeso.]

  1. Equal weight acting in opposition to something; equiponderance; a weight sufficient to balance another in the opposite scale; equal balance. – Milton.
  2. Equal power or force acting in opposition; a force sufficient to balance another force; equipollence. The second nobles are a counterpoise to the higher nobility. – Bacon.
  3. In the manege, a position of the rider in which his body is duly balanced in his seat, not inclined more to one side than the other. – Encyc.

COUN'TER-POISE, v.t. [s as z. Fr. contrepeser; It. contrappesare; Sp. contrapesar; contre, contra, and peser, pesar, to weigh. See Poise.]

  1. To counterbalance; to weigh against with equal weight; to be equiponderant to; to equal in weight. The force and distance of weights counterpoising each other, ought to be reciprocal. – Digby. The heaviness of bodies must be counterpoised by a plummet fastened about the pulley to the axis. – Wilkins.
  2. To act against with equal power or effect; to balance. The wisdom of the senate may be able to counterpoise the rash impetuosity of a democractic house.

Coun"ter*poise`
  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. 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.

  3. To act against with equal power; to balance.

    So many freeholders of English will be able to beard and counterpoise the rest.
    Spenser.

  4. 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.

  5. The relation of two weights or forces which balance each other; equilibrium; equiponderance.

    The pendulous round eart, with balanced air,
    In counterpoise.
    Milton.

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Counterpoise

COUNTERPOISE, verb transitive s as z. [See Poise.]

1. To counterbalance; to weigh against with equal weight; to be equiponderant to; to equal in weight.

The force and distance of weights counterpoising each other, ought to be reciprocal.

The heaviness of bodies must be counterpoised by a plummet fastened about the pulley to the axis.

2. To act against the equal power or effect; to balance. The wisdom of the senate may be able to counterpoise the rash impetuosity of a democratic house.

COUNTERPOISE, noun

1. Equal weight acting in opposition to something; equiponderance; a weight sufficient to balance another in the opposite scale; equal balance.

2. Equal power or force acting in opposition; a force sufficient to balance another force; equipollence.

The second nobles are a counterpoise to the higher nobility.

3. In the manege, a position of the rider in which his body is duly balanced in his seat, not inclined more to one than the other.

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