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Definitions of 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
noun: a state of being balanced in a stable equilibrium
noun: great coolness and composure under strain
verb: hold or carry in equilibrium
verb: cause to be balanced or suspended
verb: be motionless, in suspension
Example: "The bird poised for a few moments before it attacked"
verb: prepare (oneself) for something unpleasant or difficult