Poise Definition

poiz
poised, poises, poising
verb
poised, poises, poising
To balance; keep steady.
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To be suspended or balanced.
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To suspend.
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To cause to be ready or about to do something.
She is poised to win the nomination.
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To hover.
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Antonyms:
dropfall
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noun
poises
Balance; stability.
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Ease and dignity of manner; self-assurance; composure.
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Carriage; bearing, as of the body or head.
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The condition of being calm or serene.
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A suspension of activity in a condition of balance.
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Antonyms:
excitedness
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Origin of Poise

  • Middle English poisen to balance, weigh from Old French peser pois- from Vulgar Latin pēsāre from Latin pēnsāre (s)pen- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From a combination of Anglo-Norman pois, Middle French pois (“weight") and Anglo-Norman poise, Middle French poise (“measure of weight").

    From Wiktionary

  • French after Jean Louis Marie Poiseuille (1799–1869), French physician and physiologist

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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