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poise

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verb \ˈpȯiz\

Simple Definition of poise

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of poise

poisedpoising

  1. transitive verb
  2. 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>

  3. 2 :  to hold or carry (the head) in a particular way

  4. 3 :  to put into readiness :  brace

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to become drawn up into readiness

  7. 2 :  hover

Examples of poise in a sentence

  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


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poise

noun

Definition of poise

  1. 1 :  a stably balanced state :  equilibrium <a poise between widely divergent impulses — F. R. Leavis>

  2. 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


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poise

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noun \ˈpwäz\

Definition of poise

  1. :  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

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poise

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verb \ˈpȯiz\

Definition of poise for Students

poisedpoising

  1. 1 :  to hold or make steady by balancing <A book was poised on her head.>

  2. 2 :  to remain in position without moving <… a serpent was poised ready to strike. — Lloyd Alexander, Time Cat>

  3. 3 :  to be or become ready for something




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poise

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noun

Definition of poise for Students

  1. 1 :  the state of being balanced

  2. 2 :  a natural self-confident manner <He spoke with great poise.>




Medical Dictionary

poise

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noun \ˈpȯiz, ˈpwäz\

Medical Definition of poise

  1. :  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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