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.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,Milton.
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