What does poise mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. poisenoun

    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. poisenoun

    a state of being balanced in a stable equilibrium

  3. aplomb, assuredness, cool, poise, sang-froidverb

    great coolness and composure under strain

    "keep your cool"

  4. poiseverb

    be motionless, in suspension

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

  5. brace, poiseverb

    prepare (oneself) for something unpleasant or difficult

  6. poiseverb

    cause to be balanced or suspended

  7. poise, balanceverb

    hold or carry in equilibrium

GCIDE

  1. Poisenoun

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

    Etymology: [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.]

Wiktionary

  1. poisenoun

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

    Etymology: From a combination of pois, pois and poise, poise.

  2. poisenoun

    A state of balance, equilibrium or stability

    Etymology: From a combination of pois, pois and poise, poise.

  3. poisenoun

    composure; freedom from embarrassment or affectation

    Etymology: From a combination of pois, pois and poise, poise.

  4. poisenoun

    mien; bearing or deportment of the head or body

    Etymology: From a combination of pois, pois and poise, poise.

  5. poisenoun

    A condition of hovering, or being suspended

    Etymology: From a combination of pois, pois and poise, poise.

  6. poisenoun

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

    Etymology: From a combination of pois, pois and poise, poise.

  7. poiseverb

    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.

    Etymology: From a combination of pois, pois and poise, poise.

  8. poiseverb

    To be of a given weight; to weigh.

    Etymology: From a combination of pois, pois and poise, poise.

  9. poiseverb

    To add weight to, to weigh down.

    Etymology: From a combination of pois, pois and poise, poise.

  10. poiseverb

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

    Etymology: From a combination of pois, pois and poise, poise.

  11. poiseverb

    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.

    Etymology: From a combination of pois, pois and poise, poise.

  12. poiseverb

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

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

    Etymology: From a combination of pois, pois and poise, poise.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Poise

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

    Etymology: [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.]

  2. Poise

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

    Etymology: [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.]

  3. Poise

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

    Etymology: [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.]

  4. Poise

    that which causes a balance; a counterweight

    Etymology: [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.]

  5. Poisenoun

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

    Etymology: [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.]

  6. Poisenoun

    to hold or place in equilibrium or equiponderance

    Etymology: [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.]

  7. Poisenoun

    to counterpoise; to counterbalance

    Etymology: [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.]

  8. Poisenoun

    to ascertain, as by the balance; to weigh

    Etymology: [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.]

  9. Poisenoun

    to weigh (down); to oppress

    Etymology: [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.]

  10. Poiseverb

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

    Etymology: [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.]

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.

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.]

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Numerology

  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

Examples of poise in a Sentence

  1. Geevy Thomas:

    I feel fortunate to have met these young men and their families. I appreciate the opportunity to listen to their concerns and offer our sincere apologies on behalf of Nordstrom Rack, i also want to thank the young men for their poise in dealing with local law enforcement and the police themselves for handling the situation professionally.

  2. 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.

  3. Connor Murphy:

    He's a competitor and he seems to have that poise about him, he's impressive.

  4. 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.

  5. Western Michigan coach Tim Lester:

    The biggest positive was Kaleb was a little flighty early, but he calmed down, i was very proud of the poise of that kid because this was his first Power Five game, and it’s faster. He got hit a couple times, and he kept getting up, kept getting up.

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    being essentially equal to something
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