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1poise

verb \ˈpiz\

: to hold (something) in a balanced and steady position

poisedpois·ing

Full Definition of POISE

transitive verb
1
a :  balance; especially :  to hold or carry in equilibrium <carried a water jar poised on her head>
b :  to hold supported or suspended without motion in a steady position <poised her fork and gave her guest a knowing look — Louis Bromfield>
2
:  to hold or carry (the head) in a particular way
3
:  to put into readiness :  brace
intransitive verb
1
:  to become drawn up into readiness
2
:  hover

Examples of POISE

  1. She poised her pencil above the paper and waited for the signal to begin writing.
  2. <the disgraced business executive poised herself for the difficult press conference>

Origin of POISE

Middle English, to weigh, ponder, from Anglo-French peiser, poiser, from Latin pensare — more at pensive
First Known Use: 1598

Rhymes with POISE

2poise

noun

Definition of POISE

1
:  a stably balanced state :  equilibrium <a poise between widely divergent impulses — F. R. Leavis>
2
a :  easy self-possessed assurance of manner :  gracious tact in coping or handling; also :  the pleasantly tranquil interaction between persons of poise <no angry outbursts marred the poise of the meeting>
b :  a particular way of carrying oneself :  bearing, carriage

Origin of POISE

Middle English poyse weight, heaviness, from Anglo-French peis, pois, from Latin pensum, from neuter of pensus, past participle of pendere to weigh — more at pendant
First Known Use: 1649

Synonym Discussion of POISE

tact, address, poise, savoir faire mean skill and grace in dealing with others. tact implies delicate and considerate perception of what is appropriate <questions showing a lack of tact>. address stresses dexterity and grace in dealing with new and trying situations and may imply success in attaining one's ends <brought it off with remarkable address>. poise may imply both tact and address but stresses self-possession and ease in meeting difficult situations <answered the accusations with unruffled poise>. savoir faire is likely to stress worldly experience and a sure awareness of what is proper or expedient <the savoir faire of a seasoned traveler>.

Rhymes with POISE

3poise

noun \ˈpwäz\

Definition of POISE

:  a centimeter-gram-second unit of viscosity equal to the viscosity of a fluid that would require a shearing force of one dyne to impart to a one-square-centimeter area of an arbitrary layer of the fluid a velocity of one centimeter per second relative to another layer separated from the first by a distance of one centimeter

Origin of POISE

French, from Jean Louis Marie Poiseuille †1869 French physician and anatomist
First Known Use: 1913
POISE Defined for Kids

1poise

verb \ˈpiz\
poisedpois·ing

Definition of POISE for Kids

1
:  to hold or make steady by balancing <A book was poised on her head.>
2
:  to remain in position without moving <… a serpent was poised ready to strike. — Lloyd Alexander, Time Cat>
3
:  to be or become ready for something

2poise

noun

Definition of POISE for Kids

1
:  the state of being balanced
2
:  a natural self-confident manner <He spoke with great poise.>
Medical Dictionary

poise

noun \ˈpiz, ˈpwäz\

Medical Definition of POISE

:  a cgs unit of viscosity equal to the viscosity of a fluid that would require a shearing force of one dyne to impart to a one square-centimeter area of an arbitrary layer of the fluid a velocity of one centimeter per second relative to another layer separated from the first by a distance of one centimeter

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