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pose 1

 (pōz)
v. posed, pos·ing, pos·es
v.tr.
1. To set forth in words for consideration; propound: pose a question. See Synonyms at propose.
2. To present or constitute: a crisis that posed a threat to the country's stability.
3. To place (a model, for example) in a specific position.
v.intr.
1. To assume or hold a particular position or posture, as in sitting for a portrait.
2. To represent oneself falsely; pretend to be other than what one is: conmen posing as police officers.
n.
1.
a. A bodily attitude or position, such as one assumed for an artist or a photographer. See Synonyms at posture.
b. In yoga, an asana.
2. A studied or artificial manner or attitude, often assumed in an attempt to impress or deceive others. See Synonyms at affectation.

[Middle English posen, to place, from Old French poser, from Vulgar Latin *pausāre, from Late Latin pausāre, to rest, from Latin pausa, pause; see pause.]

pos′a·ble adj.

pose 2

 (pōz)
tr.v. posed, pos·ing, pos·es Archaic
To puzzle, confuse, or baffle.

[Short for appose, to examine closely (from Middle English apposen, alteration of opposen; see oppose) and from French poser, to assume (obsolete) (from Old French; see pose1).]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.posing - (photography) the act of assuming a certain position (as for a photograph or portrait)posing - (photography) the act of assuming a certain position (as for a photograph or portrait); "he wanted his portrait painted but couldn't spare time for the sitting"
movement, motility, motion, move - a change of position that does not entail a change of location; "the reflex motion of his eyebrows revealed his surprise"; "movement is a sign of life"; "an impatient move of his hand"; "gastrointestinal motility"
photography, picture taking - the act of taking and printing photographs
References in classic literature ?
Out from his tent rode great Sir Sagramor, an im- posing tower of iron, stately and rigid, his huge spear standing upright in its socket and grasped in his strong hand, his grand horse's face and breast cased in steel, his body clothed in rich trappings that almost dragged the ground -- oh, a most noble picture.
He climbed the fence, threaded his stealthy way through the plants, till he stood under that window; he looked up at it long, and with emotion; then he laid him down on the ground under it, dis- posing himself upon his back, with his hands clasped upon his breast and holding his poor wilted flower.
This posing at the piano and over the album was only a little ruse adopted by way of precaution.
And so he petted and comforted Kim with wise saws and grave texts on that little-understood beast, our Body, who, being but a delusion, insists on posing as the Soul, to the darkening of the Way, and the immense multiplication of unnecessary devils.
He looked at his canvas; he was working in colour, and had sketched in the day before the model who was posing.
Not only that, but he must have been a friend, or some one posing as a friend--some one, at any rate, of his own order.
I knew the cogs of the machinery behind the scenes so well that the posing on the stage, and the laughter and the song, could not drown the creaking of the wheels behind.
Posing as a sort of philanthropist at the front, he felt his way through the English Army, and at last got his fingers on its one corrupt man--please God
It was the other who had attained to repose and yet continued to exist in the affection of that mourning old woman, in the thoughts of all these people posing for lovers of humanity.
Let me tell you, that you are all a set of babbling, posing idiots
When she moved to New York, people thought she was overzealous with her posing, but what made her different ended up being appreciated -- for the most part, she said.
The beautiful actress proves the fact by posing in various seductive poses for the magazine spread.