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poise 1

v. poised, pois·ing, pois·es
1. To carry or hold in equilibrium; balance: I poised the pencil on the edge of the table.
2. To cause to be ready or about to do something: She is poised to win the nomination.
To be balanced or held in suspension: She poised at the end of the diving board.
1. Confident composure; self-possession: answered the reporters' questions with poise.
2. Bearing of the body, especially when graceful: a ballerina's poise.

[Middle English poisen, to balance, weigh, from Old French peser, pois-, from Vulgar Latin *pēsāre, from Latin pēnsāre; see (s)pen- in Indo-European roots.]

poise 2

 (poiz, pwäz)
A centimeter-gram-second unit of dynamic viscosity equal to one dyne-second per square centimeter.

[French, after Jean Louis Marie Poiseuille (1799-1869), French physician and physiologist.]
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1. composure or dignity of manner
2. physical balance or assurance in movement or bearing
3. the state of being balanced or stable; equilibrium; stability
4. the position of hovering
5. suspense or indecision
6. to be or cause to be balanced or suspended
7. (tr) to hold, as in readiness: to poise a lance.
8. (tr) a rare word for weigh1
[C16: from Old French pois weight, from Latin pēnsum, from pendere to weigh]


(pwɑːz; pɔɪz)
(Units) the cgs unit of viscosity; the viscosity of a fluid in which a tangential force of 1 dyne per square centimetre maintains a difference in velocity of 1 centimetre per second between two parallel planes 1 centimetre apart. It is equivalent to 0.1 newton second per square metre. Symbol: P
[C20: named after Jean Louis Marie Poiseuille (1799–1869), French physician]
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n., v. poised, pois•ing. n.
1. a state of balance or equilibrium, as from equality or equal distribution of weight.
2. a dignified, self-confident manner or bearing; composure; self-possession: showed great poise in company.
3. steadiness; stability: intellectual poise.
4. the way of being poised, held, or carried.
5. the state or position of hovering.
6. to adjust, hold, or carry in equilibrium; balance evenly.
7. to hold supported or raised, as in position for casting, using, etc.
8. to rest in equilibrium; be balanced.
9. to hover, as a bird in the air.
[1350–1400; (n.) Middle English pois(e) weight < Old French < Late Latin pēnsum, n. use of neuter past participle of Latin pendere to weigh; (v.) Middle English: to weigh < Old French poiser, variant of peser < Latin pēnsāre, frequentative of pendere]



a centimeter-gram-second unit of viscosity, equal to 1 dyne-sec/cm2. Symbol: P
[1910–15; < French, after Jean Louis Marie Poiseuille (1799–1869), French physician]
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Past participle: poised
Gerund: poising

I poise
you poise
he/she/it poises
we poise
you poise
they poise
I poised
you poised
he/she/it poised
we poised
you poised
they poised
Present Continuous
I am poising
you are poising
he/she/it is poising
we are poising
you are poising
they are poising
Present Perfect
I have poised
you have poised
he/she/it has poised
we have poised
you have poised
they have poised
Past Continuous
I was poising
you were poising
he/she/it was poising
we were poising
you were poising
they were poising
Past Perfect
I had poised
you had poised
he/she/it had poised
we had poised
you had poised
they had poised
I will poise
you will poise
he/she/it will poise
we will poise
you will poise
they will poise
Future Perfect
I will have poised
you will have poised
he/she/it will have poised
we will have poised
you will have poised
they will have poised
Future Continuous
I will be poising
you will be poising
he/she/it will be poising
we will be poising
you will be poising
they will be poising
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been poising
you have been poising
he/she/it has been poising
we have been poising
you have been poising
they have been poising
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been poising
you will have been poising
he/she/it will have been poising
we will have been poising
you will have been poising
they will have been poising
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been poising
you had been poising
he/she/it had been poising
we had been poising
you had been poising
they had been poising
I would poise
you would poise
he/she/it would poise
we would poise
you would poise
they would poise
Past Conditional
I would have poised
you would have poised
he/she/it would have poised
we would have poised
you would have poised
they would have poised
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Counterbalance weight for Cotton scales. A poise might weigh from a fraction of a pound to thirty or more pounds. It was more commonly referred to as a P.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.poise - 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
unit of viscosity - a unit of measurement for viscosity
2.poise - a state of being balanced in a stable equilibrium
equilibrium - a stable situation in which forces cancel one another
3.poise - great coolness and composure under strainpoise - great coolness and composure under strain; "keep your cool"
calm, calmness, composure, equanimity - steadiness of mind under stress; "he accepted their problems with composure and she with equanimity"
Verb1.poise - be motionless, in suspension; "The bird poised for a few moments before it attacked"
hover - hang in the air; fly or be suspended above
2.poise - prepare (oneself) for something unpleasant or difficult
gear up, prepare, ready, set, fix, set up - make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc; "Get the children ready for school!"; "prepare for war"; "I was fixing to leave town after I paid the hotel bill"
nerve, steel - get ready for something difficult or unpleasant
3.poise - cause to be balanced or suspended
lay, place, put, set, position, pose - put into a certain place or abstract location; "Put your things here"; "Set the tray down"; "Set the dogs on the scent of the missing children"; "Place emphasis on a certain point"
4.poise - hold or carry in equilibrium
carry, bear, hold - support or hold in a certain manner; "She holds her head high"; "He carried himself upright"
juggle - hold with difficulty and balance insecurely; "the player juggled the ball"
balance, equilibrise, equilibrize, equilibrate - bring into balance or equilibrium; "She has to balance work and her domestic duties"; "balance the two weights"
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2. grace, balance, equilibrium, elegance Ballet classes are important for poise.
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2. Freedom from constraint, formality, embarrassment, or awkwardness:
1. To place or be placed on a narrow or insecure surface:
2. To remain stationary over a place or object:
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تَوازُن، مِشْيَه متوازِنَهرَباطَة جأشيُوازِن
duševní rovnováharovnováhaudržovat v rovnováze
andlegt jafnvægihalda jafnvægistöîugleiki; góîur limaburîur
išlaikyti pusiausvyrąpakibęssavitvarda
balansētnosvērtībapaškontrolestājaturēt līdzsvaru
duševná rovnováhaudržiavať v rovnováhe
ağırbaşlılıkdengedengelemekkendine güven


A. N
1. (= balance) → equilibrio m
2. (= carriage of head, body) → porte m
she dances with such poisebaila con tal elegancia or tal garbo
3. (= composure or dignity of manner) → elegancia f, aplomo m
she does it with great poiselo hace con el mayor aplomo
he lacks poisele falta confianza en sí mismo or aplomo
1. (= hold ready or balanced) → equilibrar, balancear
the rock was poised on the edge of the cliffla roca se balanceaba al borde del precipicio
the hawk was poised in the air, about to swoop on its preyel águila se cernía inmóvil en el aire, a punto de caer sobre su presa
a waitress approached, pencil poisedse acercó una camarera, lápicero en ristre
he remained poised between life and deathpermanecía debatiéndose entre la vida y la muerte
2. to be poised (fig) (= ready, all set) → estar listo
they are poised to attack or for the attackestán listos para atacar
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(= calmness) → calme m
(= grace) → maintien m élégant
(= balance) → équilibre m
[head, body] → port m
vt (= position) → placer en équilibre
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(= carriage: of head, body) → Haltung f; (= grace)Grazie f; the poise of her headihre Kopfhaltung; the graceful poise of the dancer’s bodydie Grazie or graziöse Haltung der Tänzerin/des Tänzers
(= composure)Gelassenheit f; (= self-possession)Selbstsicherheit f; a woman of great poise and charmeine Frau voller Selbstsicherheit und Charme; her poise as a hostessihre Sicherheit als Gastgeberin; to recover or regain one’s poiseseine Selbstbeherrschung wiedererlangen; he lacks poiseihm fehlt die Gelassenheit
(= balance, hold balanced)balancieren; he poised the knife ready to strikeer hielt das Messer so, dass er jederzeit zustechen konnte; she poised her pen over her notebooksie hielt den Kugelschreiber schreibbereit über ihrem Notizblock; the tiger poised itself to springder Tiger machte sich sprungbereit
(in passive) to be/hang poised (bird, rock, sword) → schweben; the diver was poised on the edge of the poolder Taucher stand sprungbereit auf dem Beckenrand; the tiger was poised ready to springder Tiger lauerte sprungbereit; we sat poised on the edge of our chairswir balancierten auf den Stuhlkanten ? also poised a, b
vi(für einen Moment) unbeweglich bleiben; (bird, helicopter)schweben; he poised for a second on the edge of the pooler verharrte einen Augenblick am Beckenrand
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1. n (carriage of head, body) → portamento; (balance) → equilibrio; (composure, dignity of manner) → padronanza di sé; (calmness) → calma
2. vt (balance) → mettere in equilibrio; (hold balanced) → tenere in equilibrio
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(poiz) verb
to balance. He poised himself on the diving-board.
1. balance and control in bodily movement. Good poise is important for a dancer.
2. dignity and self-confidence. He lost his poise for a moment.
poised adjective
1. staying in a state of balance and stillness. The car was poised on the edge of the cliff.
2. having the body in a state of tension and readiness to act. The animal was poised ready to leap.
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References in classic literature ?
It is as if your feet had been caught in an imponderable snare; you feel the balance of your body threatened, and the steady poise of your mind is destroyed at once.
Her flesh was fine and smooth as polished ivory, and her poise expressed both dignity and grace.
Do I seem to have lost my solemnity, my gravity, my poise, my dignity?
And pride cannot exist without honour, nor can honour without poise.
You have wonderful poise, and a faculty which, when tested, will prove itself capable of dealing with matters that fall far out of the ordinary rule."
Your poise will be more powerful than any oscillating tendency of mine."
FromSoftware, the developer of the game, took to Facebook to announce the imminent arrival of the version 1.08 update and also mentioned that the poise values have been adjusted across the board.
The new Poise AbsorbLoc pads are 10% thinner, feature a softer outer covering and are designed to be even more efficient of fluid intake to help women take control of those little leaks and make LBL easier to manage every day.
The displays shows the actual measured viscosity in poise.
Before the sale, Christie's head of modern British art Andre Zlattinger said Poise was "a really exceptional work, of huge beauty and appeal".
"Poise and posture are globally recognised cultural cues that reflect the care and dedication our associates provide in every service interaction," said Mitzi Gaskins, vice president and global brand manager of JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts.
Poise Media Communications specialises in corporate/brand identity, customer identification and segmentation, brand extension strategies, market research, post launch research and experiential/social marketing.