(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.
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Fastening that to our exact balance, we put a metalline counterpoise into the opposite scale.
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2. An equal power or force acting in opposition; a force sufficient to balance another force.
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The second nobles are a counterpoise to the higher nobility, that they grow not too potent.
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3. The relation of two weights or forces which balance each other; equilibrium; equiponderance.
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The pendulous round eart, with balanced air,
In counterpoise.
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