Poise meaning

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Poise is defined as self-assurance, calm, grace and dignity.

An example of poise is the nature of a ballerina.

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To carry or hold in equilibrium; balance.

I poised the pencil on the edge of the table.

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To be balanced or held in suspension.

She poised at the end of the diving board.

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Confident composure; self-possession.

Answered the reporters' questions with poise.

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(physics) A cgs unit of dynamic viscosity equal to one dyne-second per square centimeter.
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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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Bearing of the body, especially when graceful.

A ballerina's poise.

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A centimeter-gram-second unit of dynamic viscosity equal to one dyne-second per square centimeter.
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Balance; stability.
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Ease and dignity of manner; self-assurance; composure.
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The condition of being calm or serene.
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Carriage; bearing, as of the body or head.
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To balance; keep steady.
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To suspend.
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To weigh.
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To be suspended or balanced.
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To hover.
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The basic unit of viscosity of a fluid in the CGS system, equal to the force measured in dynes per square centimeter needed to maintain a difference in velocity of one centimeter per second between two parallel planes of a fluid separated by one centimeter (0.1 pascal second)
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The unit of dynamic viscosity in the centimeter-gram-second system, equal to one dyne-second per square centimeter, or 0.1 pascal-seconds.
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The weight, or mass of metal, used in weighing, to balance the substance weighed.
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That which causes a balance; a counterweight.
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Dryden.

To poise with solid sense a sprightly wit.

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(now rare) To hold (something) with or against something else in equilibrium; to balance, counterpose. [from 16th c.]
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To hold (something) in equilibrium, to hold balanced and ready; to carry (something) ready to be used. [from 16th c.]

I poised the crowbar in my hand, and waited.

To poise the scales of a balance.

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To keep (something) in equilibrium; to hold suspended or balanced. [from 17th c.]

The rock was poised precariously on the edge of the cliff.

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To ascertain, as if by balancing; to weigh.
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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

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

    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