Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To counterbalance.
  • transitive v. To give equal balance or weight to.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To counterbalance.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To be equal in weight; to weigh as much as another thing.
  • transitive v. To make equal in weight; to counterbalance.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To be equal in weight; weigh as much as another thing.
  • To weigh as much as in an opposite scale; counterbalance.

Etymologies

Medieval Latin aequiponderāre, aequiponderāt- : Latin aequi-, equi- + Latin ponderāre, to weigh; see (s)pen- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Why, you know Tacitus saith, “In rebus bellicis maxime dominalur Fortuna,” which is equiponderate with our vernacular adage, “Luck can maist in the mellee.”

    Waverley

  • Momentarily left to itself amid grounded vehicles and mountains of supplies, the stunned Amplitur struggled to equiponderate its equilibrium.

    The False Mirror

  • ` ` Why, you know, Tacitus saith ` _In rebus bellicis maxime dominatur Fortuna, + which is equiponderate with our vernacular adage, ` Luck can maist in the mellee.

    The Waverley

  • [11] But in this instance, perhaps, distance of space, combined with the unrivalled grandeur of the war, was felt to equiponderate the distance of time, Susa, the Persian capital, being fourteen hundred miles from Athens.

    Note Book of an English Opium-Eater

  • Why, you know Tacitus saith, "In rebus bellicis maxime dominalur Fortuna," which is equiponderate with our vernacular adage, "Luck can maist in the mellee."

    Waverley — Volume 2

  • FORTUNA, "which is equiponderate with our vernacular adage," Luck can maist in the mellee. "

    Waverley: or, 'Tis sixty years since

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