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Meaning of counterpoise

coun•ter•poise

Pronunciation: (koun'tur-poiz"), [key]
— n., v., -poised, -pois•ing.
—n.
  1. a counterbalancing weight.
  2. any equal and opposing power or force.
  3. the state of being in equilibrium; balance.
  4. a network of wires or other conductors connected to the base of an antenna, used as a substitute for the ground connection.
—v.t.
  1. to balance by an opposing weight; counteract by an opposing force.
  2. to bring into equilibrium.
  3. to weigh (one thing) against something else; consider carefully.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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