Definitions for poisepɔɪz

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

poisepɔɪz(n.; v.)poised, pois•ing.

  1. (n.)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. (v.t.)to adjust, hold, or carry in equilibrium; balance evenly.

  7. to hold supported or raised, as in position for casting, using, etc.

  8. (v.i.)to rest in equilibrium; be balanced.

  9. to hover, as a bird in the air.

Origin of poise:

1350–1400; (n.) ME pois(e) weight < OF < LL pēnsum, n. use of neut. ptp. of L pendere to weigh; (v.) ME: to weigh < OF poiser, var. of peser < L pēnsāre, freq. of pendere

poisepwɑz(n.)

  1. a centimeter-gram-second unit of viscosity, equal to 1 dyne-sec/cm2.

    Category: Physics

    Ref: Symbol: P 3 5 5

Origin of poise:

1910–15; < F, after Jean Louis Marie Poiseuille (1799–1869), French physician

Princeton's WordNet

  1. poise(noun)

    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

  2. poise(noun)

    a state of being balanced in a stable equilibrium

  3. aplomb, assuredness, cool, poise, sang-froid(verb)

    great coolness and composure under strain

    "keep your cool"

  4. poise(verb)

    be motionless, in suspension

    "The bird poised for a few moments before it attacked"

  5. brace, poise(verb)

    prepare (oneself) for something unpleasant or difficult

  6. poise(verb)

    cause to be balanced or suspended

  7. poise, balance(verb)

    hold or carry in equilibrium

Wiktionary

  1. poise(Noun)

    Weight; an amount of weight, the amount something weighs.

  2. poise(Noun)

    A state of balance, equilibrium or stability

  3. poise(Noun)

    composure; freedom from embarrassment or affectation

  4. poise(Noun)

    mien; bearing or deportment of the head or body

  5. poise(Noun)

    A condition of hovering, or being suspended

  6. poise(Noun)

    A cgs unit of dynamic viscosity equal to one dyne-second per square centimeter.

  7. poise(Verb)

    To hang in equilibrium; to be balanced or suspended; hence, to be in suspense or doubt.

    The slender, graceful spars / Poise aloft in air. uE000146862uE001 Longfellow.

  8. poise(Verb)

    To be of a given weight; to weigh.

  9. poise(Verb)

    To add weight to, to weigh down.

  10. poise(Verb)

    To hold (something) with or against something else in equilibrium; to balance, counterpose.

  11. poise(Verb)

    To hold (something) in equilibrium, to hold balanced and ready; to carry (something) ready to be used.

    I poised the crowbar in my hand, and waited.

  12. poise(Verb)

    To keep (something) in equilibrium; to hold suspended or balanced.

    The rock was poised precariously on the edge of the cliff.

  13. Origin: From a combination of pois, pois and poise, poise.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Poise

    weight; gravity; that which causes a body to descend; heaviness

  2. Poise

    the weight, or mass of metal, used in weighing, to balance the substance weighed

  3. Poise

    the state of being balanced by equal weight or power; equipoise; balance; equilibrium; rest

  4. Poise

    that which causes a balance; a counterweight

  5. Poise(noun)

    to balance; to make of equal weight; as, to poise the scales of a balance

  6. Poise(noun)

    to hold or place in equilibrium or equiponderance

  7. Poise(noun)

    to counterpoise; to counterbalance

  8. Poise(noun)

    to ascertain, as by the balance; to weigh

  9. Poise(noun)

    to weigh (down); to oppress

  10. Poise(verb)

    to hang in equilibrium; to be balanced or suspended; hence, to be in suspense or doubt

Freebase

  1. Poise

    The poise is the unit of dynamic viscosity in the centimetre gram second system of units. It is named after Jean Louis Marie Poiseuille. The analogous unit in the International System of Units is the pascal second: The poise is often used with the metric prefix centi-. A centipoise is one one-hundredth of a poise, and one millipascal-second in SI units. Centipoise is properly abbreviated cP, but the alternative abbreviations cps, cp, and cPs are also commonly seen. Water has a viscosity of 0.00899 Poise at 25 °C and a pressure of 1 atmosphere.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

poise(noun)

balance and control in bodily movement

Good poise is important for a dancer.

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