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

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