- Poise is defined as self-assurance, calm, grace and dignity.
An example of poise is the nature of a ballerina.
- balance; stability
- ease and dignity of manner; self-assurance; composure
- the condition of being calm or serene
- carriage; bearing, as of the body or head
- Now Rare
- a suspension of activity in a condition of balance
- suspense; irresolution; indecision
Origin: Middle English pois, weight from Old French from Vulgar Latin an unverified form pesum from Classical Latin pensum, something weighed from pendere, to weigh: see pendant
- to balance; keep steady
- to suspend: usually passive or reflexive
- Rare to weigh
Origin: ME poisen < OFr poiser < peise, inflected form of peser, to weigh < VL pesare < L pensare, to weigh out < pensus, pp. of pendere
- to be suspended or balanced
- to hover
Origin: Fr, after J. L. M. Poiseuille (1799-1869), French anatomist
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verb poised poised, pois·ing, pois·es verb, transitive
- A state of balance or equilibrium; stability.
- Freedom from affectation or embarrassment; composure.
- The bearing or deportment of the head or body; mien.
- A state or condition of hovering or being suspended.
Origin: Middle English poisen, to balance, weigh, from Old French peser, pois-, from Vulgar Latin *pēsāre, from Latin pēnsāre; see (s)pen- in Indo-European roots.
Origin: French, after Jean Louis Marie Poiseuille (1799-1869), French physician and physiologist.
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