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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 *p?s?re, from Latin p?ns?re; see (s)pen- in Indo-European roots.]

poise 2

 (poiz, pwäz)n.

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 p?nsum, from pendere to weigh]


(pw??z; p??z)n

(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 p?nsum, n. use of neuter past participle of Latin pendere to weigh; (v.) Middle English: to weigh < Old French poiser, variant of peser < Latin p?ns?re, 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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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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Noun 1. 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"

aplomb, assuredness, sang-froid, cool

calm, calmness, composure, equanimity - steadiness of mind under stress; "he accepted their problems with composure and she with equanimity"

Verb 1. 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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1. composure, cool (slang), presence, assurance, dignity, equilibrium, serenity, coolness, aplomb, calmness, equanimity, presence of mind, sang-froid, savoir-faire, self-possession It took a moment for Mark to recover his poise.

2. grace, balance, equilibrium, elegance Ballet classes are important for poise.

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noun1.A stable, calm state of the emotions:

aplomb, balance, collectedness, composure, coolness, equanimity, imperturbability, imperturbableness, nonchalance, sang-froid, self-possession, unflappability.

Slang: cool.

2.Freedom from constraint, formality, embarrassment, or awkwardness:

casualness, ease, easiness, informality, naturalness, spontaneity, unceremoniousness, unrestraint.

verb1.To place or be placed on a narrow or insecure surface:

balance, perch.

2.To remain stationary over a place or object:

hang, hover.

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duševní rovnováharovnováhaudržovat v rovnováze



assuranceéquilibretenir en équilibre


andlegt jafnvægihalda jafnvægistöîugleiki; góîur limaburîur

equilibrioessere prontitenere in equilibrioequilibrare

išlaikyti pusiausvyr?pakib?ssavitvarda

balans?tnosv?rt?bapaškontrolest?jatur?t l?dzsvaru

balanse og kontrollgod kroppsholdning


duševná rovnováhaudržiava? v rovnováhe

a??rba?l?l?kdengedengelemekkendine güven




1. (= hold ready or balanced) ? equilibrar, balancear
the rock was poised on the edge of the cliff ? la roca se balanceaba al borde del precipicio
the hawk was poised in the air, about to swoop on its prey ? el águila se cernía inmóvil en el aire, a punto de caer sobre su presa
a waitress approached, pencil poised ? se acercó una camarera, lápicero en ristre
he remained poised between life and death ? permanecía 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 attack ? están listos para atacar

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(= balance, hold balanced) ? balancieren; he poised the knife ready to strike ? er hielt das Messer so, dass er jederzeit zustechen konnte; she poised her pen over her notebook ? sie hielt den Kugelschreiber schreibbereit über ihrem Notizblock; the tiger poised itself to spring ? der Tiger machte sich sprungbereit

(in passive) to be/hang poised (bird, rock, sword) ? schweben; the diver was poised on the edge of the pool ? der Taucher stand sprungbereit auf dem Beckenrand; the tiger was poised ready to spring ? der Tiger lauerte sprungbereit; we sat poised on the edge of our chairs ? wir 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 pool ? er verharrte einen Augenblick am Beckenrand

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to balance. He poised himself on the diving-board. balanseer ??????? ????????????? equilibrar-se udržovat (se) v rovnováze balancieren balancere ????????, ?????????? equilibrar, balancear tasakaalu hoidma ???????? tasapainoilla tenir en équilibre???? ??????? ???? uravnotežiti (ki)egyensúlyoz mengambil keseimbangan halda jafnvægi (tenersi in equilibrio) ????? ??? ?? išlaikyti pusiausvyr? balans?t; tur?t l?dzsvaru menyeimbangkan balancerenbalansere utrzymywa? w równowadze ???? equilibrar-se a se ?ine în echilibru ????????????? udržiava? (sa) v rovnováhe držati v ravnotežju balansirati balansera ????? dengelemek ????? ???????????; ?????????? ????????? ????? ????? gi? th?ng b?ng ?????


1. balance and control in bodily movement. Good poise is important for a dancer. balans, houding ???????? ??????? ????????? ?????????? equilíbrio rovnováha das Gleichgewicht kropsbeherskelse ?????????equilibrio rüht ????? kehonhallinta équilibre ?????? ????? ??????? ?????? držati ravnotežu egyensúly(érzet) keseimbangan stöðugleiki; góður limaburður equilibrio ???? ?? laikysena st?ja keseimbangan badan evenwicht, houdinggod kroppsholdning, balanse og kontrollpostawa ????? ?????? ?????? equilíbrio echilibru ??????????; ?????? rovnováha ravnotežje ravnoteža balans ????????? denge (??)?? ????????? ?????? ??? ? ???? kh? n?ng gi? th?ng b?ng ??????

2. dignity and self-confidence. He lost his poise for a moment. selfvertroue ??????? ??? ?????? pose duševní rovnováha die Gelassenheit fatning ?????????????aplomo, desenvoltura tasakaalukus ????? arvokkuus assurance ??? ????? ?????? sigurno držanje higgadtság keyakinan andlegt jafnvægi equilibrio ??? ??, ?? pusiausvyra, savitvarda nosv?rt?ba; paškontrole sikap tenang dan yakin zelfverzekerdheidlikevekt, selvsikkerhet opanowanie, pewno?? siebie ????? pose siguran?? ????????????? duševná rovnováha samozavest samopouzdanje värdighet, säkerhet ?????????? kendine güven; a??rba?l?l?k ?? ???????????????, ???????????? ?????? ??? ??????? s? t? tin ??


1. staying in a state of balance and stillness. The car was poised on the edge of the cliff. gebalanseer ???????? ?????????? equilibrado vyvážený, nehybn? visící im Gleichgewicht sein i ligevægt ?????????????equilibrado tasakaalus ???? ????? tasapainossa en équilibre (sur) ???? ??????? sigurnog držanja egyensúlyi helyzetben dalam keadaan seimbang grafkyrr (hangandi) in equilibrio ???? ????? ??? pakib?s b?t l?dzsvara/miera st?vokl? tenang dan yakin in evenwicht balansert, i likevektnieruchomy ??? ?? ??? ??? equilibrado în echilibru ??????????? ? ????????? ?????????? nehybne visiaci v ravnotežju balansirati balanserande ???????????? dengede ??? ??????????? ????? ?????? ???? ?? ???? ??? tr?ng thái th?ng b?ng ???

2. having the body in a state of tension and readiness to act. The animal was poised ready to leap. gereed ????????? ????????? ??????? equilibrado p?ichystaný k halten klar til handling ???????????, ??? ????????? ?? ????????? ?????????? listo, preparado (hüppe)valmis ????? valmiina prêt à bondir sur ???? ???? sigurnog nastupa (ugrásra) kész(en) siap bertindak í viðbragðsstöðu pronto ??? ??? ??? ?sitemp?s saspringts; sasprindzis bersedia gereedparat til handling spr??ony, gotowy ????? ????? suspenso încordat ???????; ? ?????? prichystaný na biti pripravljen na napet beredd, samlad ?????????? harekete geçmeye haz?r ????? ?????, ?? ????????? ????? ???? t? th? s?n sàng ?????

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