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Meaning of POISE

Pronunciation:  poyz

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  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
 
 Definition: 
  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.''
       --Evelyn.
    
    
    
    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.
                                                   --Shak.
    
             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.
                                                   --Longfellow.
    
    
 
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