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Definition of "counterpoise" [coun•ter•poise]

  • A counterbalancing weight. (noun)
  • A force or influence that balances or equally counteracts another. (noun)
  • The state of being in equilibrium. (noun)
  • To oppose with an equal weight; counterbalance. (verb-transitive)
  • To act against with an equal force or power; offset. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "counterpoise" in a sentence
  • "He wandered about the glen and the hillside, but she took care never to fall in his way, the excitement of eluding him making a kind of counterpoise for the absence of the excitement there used to be in meeting him."
  • "Hooking the RV or the chain link fence to the "counterpoise" probably doesn't do much to improve efficiency and should not be looked at as a substitute for a radial system."
  • "To amuse himself with the little creations of his own fancy, amid the toil and fatigue of a laborious life; to transcribe the various feelings -- the loves, the griefs, the hopes, the fears -- in his own breast; to find some kind of counterpoise to the struggles of a world, always an alien scene, a task uncouth to the poetical mind -- these were his motives for courting the Muses, and in these he found poetry to be its own reward."