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Meaning of POISE

Pronunciation:  poyz

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  great coolness and composure under strain; "keep your cool"
  2. [n]  a cgs unit of dynamic viscosity equal to one dyne-second per square centimeter; the viscosity of a fluid in which a force of one dyne per square centimeter maintains a velocity of 1 centimeter per second
  3. [n]  a state of being balanced in a stable equilibrium
  4. [v]  hold or carry in equilibrium
  5. [v]  cause to be balanced or suspended
  6. [v]  prepare (oneself) for something unpleasant or difficult
  7. [v]  be motionless, in suspension; "The bird poised for a few moments before it attacked"

POISE is a 5 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: aplomb, assuredness, balance, brace, cool, sang-froid, self-possession
 See Also: bear, calm, calmness, carry, composure, equanimity, equilibrium, gear up, hold, hover, lay, nerve, place, poise, pose, position, prepare, put, ready, set, set, set up, steel, unit of viscosity



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Poise\, n. [OE. pois, peis, OF. pois, peis, F. poids, fr.
    L. pensum a portion weighed out, pendere to weigh, weigh out.
    Cf. {Avoirdupois}, {Pendant}, {Poise}, v.] [Formerly written
    also {peise}.]
    1. Weight; gravity; that which causes a body to descend;
       heaviness. ``Weights of an extraordinary poise.''
    2. The weight, or mass of metal, used in weighing, to balance
       the substance weighed.
    3. The state of being balanced by equal weight or power;
       equipoise; balance; equilibrium; rest. --Bentley.
    4. That which causes a balance; a counterweight.
             Men of unbounded imagination often want the poise of
             judgment.                             --Dryden.
  2. \Poise\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Poised}, ; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Poising}.] [OE. poisen, peisen, OF. & F. peser, to weigh,
    balance, OF. il peise, il poise, he weighs, F. il p[`e]se,
    fr. L. pensare, v. intens. fr. pendere to weigh. See {Poise},
    n., and cf. {Pensive}.] [Formerly written also {peise}.]
    1. To balance; to make of equal weight; as, to poise the
       scales of a balance.
    2. To hold or place in equilibrium or equiponderance.
             Nor yet was earth suspended in the sky; Nor poised,
             did on her own foundation lie.        --Dryden.
    3. To counterpoise; to counterbalance.
             One scale of reason to poise another of sensuality.
             To poise with solid sense a sprightly wit. --Dryden.
    4. To ascertain, as by the balance; to weigh.
             He can not sincerely consider the strength, poise
             the weight, and discern the evidence. --South.
    5. To weigh (down); to oppress. [Obs.]
             Lest leaden slumber peise me down to-morrow. --Shak.
  3. \Poise\, v. i.
    To hang in equilibrium; to be balanced or suspended; hence,
    to be in suspense or doubt.
          The slender, graceful spars Poise aloft in air.
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