Definition of poised
: having poise:a : marked by balance or equilibriumb : marked by easy composure of manner or bearing
Examples of poised in a Sentence
The actors were poised on the stage, ready for the curtain to come up.
She held the pencil poised over the paper.
The company is poised for success.
She seemed poised to take on the leadership of the country.
He is now poised to become the next big star in country music.
a city poised between the mountains and the sea
a group of people poised between hope and fear
Recent Examples of poised from the Web
After years of increasing tension, Ohio's GOP lawmakers finally appear poised to override fellow Republican Gov. John Kasich's vetoes – not just once, but many times.
The Knights still seem poised to take van Riemsdyk in the expansion draft.
The Trump administration doesn’t seem poised to do much of anything about the problem of rising sea levels, though.
Patient and poised, San Francisco's Charlotte Taylor storms to victory in the NCAA 10,000.
On Friday afternoon, his efficient and poised pitching in a PIAA District 1 Class 6A baseball quarterfinal against Hatboro-Horsham spoke volumes.
The issue has already emerged a sticking point in the Senate, where several Republican senators look poised to vehemently oppose major cuts to the program.
On first impression, however, none of the three looked poised to beat out Boykin.
The postseason is a different animal, one the Cavs tamed last year and seem poised to make another run at taming this year.
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First Known Use of poised
POISED Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of poised for English Language Learners
: not moving but ready to move
: ready or prepared for something
: in a state, place, or situation that is between two different or opposite things
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