Definition of poise
- carried a water jar poised on her head
- poised her fork and gave her guest a knowing look
- —Louis Bromfield
She poised her pencil above the paper and waited for the signal to begin writing.
the disgraced business executive poised herself for the difficult press conference
First Known Use: 1913See Words from the same year
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having a quality expressive of sadness
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