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[ee-kwuh-poiz, ek-wuh-] /ˈi kwəˌpɔɪz, ˈɛk wə-/
an equal distribution of weight; even balance; equilibrium.
a counterpoise.
verb (used with object), equipoised, equipoising.
to equal or offset in weight; balance.
Origin of equipoise
1625-35; equi- + poise1 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for equipoise
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  • The balance or equipoise of parts in the human body is of two sorts, viz.

    A Treatise on Painting Leonardo Da Vinci
  • These and the retracted head and neck adjust the equipoise of the body.

    Poachers and Poaching John Watson
  • Even on the mornings when he felt ill, if he set to work he recovered his equipoise.

    Doctor Pascal Emile Zola
  • Lockwood started and for a moment he almost lost his equipoise.

    The Mystery Girl Carolyn Wells
  • The poet said that the Aeropher was the symbol of that kind of poetry in which energy and art were in equipoise.

    The Goddess of Atvatabar William R. Bradshaw
  • By this false idea of an indifference of equipoise the Molinists were much embarrassed.

    Theodicy G. W. Leibniz
  • It depicts a melancholy temperament held in equipoise by a clear intellect and a firm will.

    The Chautauquan, Vol. III, December 1882 The Chautauquan Literary and Scientific Circle
  • Sir Charles needed a moment or two after he had set down to recover his equipoise.

    The Summons A.E.W. Mason
  • The equipoise is due to the current being cut by the edges a a´, and diverted into the cellular divisions of each area.

  • Mr. Reynolds says something, not clearly understood by me, about an equipoise among the political generals.

British Dictionary definitions for equipoise


even balance of weight or other forces; equilibrium
a counterbalance; counterpoise
(transitive) to offset or balance in weight or force; balance
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Word Origin and History for equipoise

1650s, a contraction of the phrase equal poise (1550s); see equal (adj.) + poise (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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