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counterpoise

[koun-ter-poiz] /ˈkaʊn tərˌpɔɪz/
noun
1.
a counterbalancing weight.
2.
any equal and opposing power or force.
3.
the state of being in equilibrium; balance.
4.
Radio. a network of wires or other conductors connected to the base of an antenna, used as a substitute for the ground connection.
verb (used with object), counterpoised, counterpoising.
5.
to balance by an opposing weight; counteract by an opposing force.
6.
to bring into equilibrium.
7.
Archaic. to weigh (one thing) against something else; consider carefully.
Origin of counterpoise
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; counter- + poise1; replacing late Middle English countrepeis < Anglo-French, equivalent to Old French contrepois
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British Dictionary definitions for counterpoise

counterpoise

/ˈkaʊntəˌpɔɪz/
noun
1.
a force, influence, etc, that counterbalances another
2.
a state of balance; equilibrium
3.
a weight that balances another
4.
a radial array of metallic wires, rods, or tubes arranged horizontally around the base of a vertical aerial to increase its transmitting efficiency
verb (transitive)
5.
to oppose with something of equal effect, weight, or force; offset
6.
to bring into equilibrium
7.
(archaic) to consider (one thing) carefully in relation to another
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Word Origin and History for counterpoise
n.

early 15c., from Old French contrepois (Modern French contrepoids), from contre- "against" (see contra-) + peis, from Latin pensum "weight," noun use of neuter past participle of pendere "to weigh" (see pendant).

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