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equipoise

[ee-kwuh-poiz, ek-wuh-] /ˈi kwəˌpɔɪz, ˈɛk wə-/
noun
1.
an equal distribution of weight; even balance; equilibrium.
2.
a counterpoise.
verb (used with object), equipoised, equipoising.
3.
to equal or offset in weight; balance.
Origin of equipoise
1625-1635
1625-35; equi- + poise1
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British Dictionary definitions for equipoise

equipoise

/ˈɛkwɪˌpɔɪz/
noun
1.
even balance of weight or other forces; equilibrium
2.
a counterbalance; counterpoise
verb
3.
(transitive) to offset or balance in weight or force; balance
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Word Origin and History for equipoise
n.

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

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