What does poise mean?

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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


  1. Poise(n.)

    a dignified and self-confident manner; graceful composure and tact in handling difficult social situations.

  2. Origin: [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.]


  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

  11. Origin: [OE. poisen, peisen, OF. & F. peser, to weigh, balance, OF. il peise, il poise, he weighs, F. il pse, fr. L. pensare, v. intens. fr. pendere to weigh. See Poise, n., and cf. Pensive.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Poise

    poiz, v.t. to balance: to make of equal weight: to examine.—v.i. to hang in suspense.—n. weight: state of balance: equilibrium: a weight which balances another: a regulating power: the weight used in steelyards.—n. Pois′er, one who, or that which, poises. [O. Fr. poiser (Fr. peser)—L. pensāre, inten. of pendĕre, to hang.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of poise in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of poise in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Ashley Souza:

    The coaching really helped her gain confidence, and the interviewers were impressed with her updated resume when she arrived, as well as her poise.

  2. Audrey Hepburn:

    For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.

  3. P. G. Wodehouse:

    At the age of eleven or thereabouts women acquire a poise and an ability to handle difficult situations which a man, if he is lucky, manages to achieve somewhere in the later seventies.

  4. Mike Malone:

    You're on the road, hostile environment--you need to have poise, you need to slow down, execute the play, what happens sometimes in those situations (is that) I think it's really important that you trust each other, and I think a lot of our guys think they need to make the play. And their heart's in the right place, but that's when we need to trust each other on both ends of the floor.

  5. James Gordon Gilkey:

    Most of us think ourselves as standing wearily and helplessly at the center of a circle bristling with tasks, burdens, problems, annoyance, and responsibilities which are rushing in upon us. At every moment we have a dozen different things to do, a dozen problems to solve, a dozen strains to endure. We see ourselves as overdriven, overburdened, overtired. This is a common mental picture and it is totally false. No one of us, however crowded his life, has such an existence. What is the true picture of your life? Imagine that there is an hour glass on your desk. Connecting the bowl at the top with the bowl at the bottom is a tube so thin that only one grain of sand can pass through it at a time. That is the true picture of your life, even on a super busy day, The crowded hours come to you always one moment at a time. That is the only way they can come. The day may bring many tasks, many problems, strains, but invariably they come in single file. You want to gain emotional poise? Remember the hourglass, the grains of sand dropping one by one.

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