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. Robert Brown:

    This was a very innocuous situation that was escalated by the deputies, if those young men had not maintained their poise. Let's say they walked towards the officers to try to explain what had happened to them or if they reached for a cellphone to call their parents, they could have potentially been shot or seriously injured or killed.

  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. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Los Angeles:

    What I loved was the fact that our guys were able to regather themselves, had our poise and composure about ourselves, in terms of being able to finish out practice, i thought credit to both teams to be able to do that because you see when things get chippy early on, sometimes you end up having to cancel those practices. We definitely didnt want to lose that practice opportunity and to the players credit, we didnt.

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