Adjective "poise" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Graceful and elegant bearing in a person.
  1. 'The male body has also been subjected to regulation and restriction: the eighteenth century saw an emphasis on poise and elegance centred round an image of a slim, restrained body.'
  2. 'The key to your personal success in this effort is to use poise, grace and tact.'
  3. 'After setting up his lone amp and tuning two guitars, he played with the same quiet and graceful poise that I remembered seeing in Amherst.'
  4. 'For a player his age, he has excellent footwork and ballhandling skills, and his poise and leadership abilities are well beyond his years.'
  5. 'Elegance and poise are qualities not often seen in these days of post-grunge celebrity.'
  6. 'Camaraderie, competitiveness and poise characterized the 2002 women's tennis team.'
  7. 'Her work goes beyond pathos, and whilst it seems paradoxical to speak about beauty, or even to use an oxymoron like ‘terrible beauty’, her work has a disquieting elegance and poise.'
  8. 'And now I knew the names of most of the foods set before me, spoke with elegance and poise, danced with grace, and could even say a few words in French and Italian!'
  9. 'Apparently, she figured that if I were her daughter, she'd have made sure that I was the embodiment of elegance and poise, not to mention maturity.'
  10. 'Also, a heightened sense of balance is extremely attractive - people start moving like ballet dancers, with poise and grace.'
  11. 'at least he had a moment to think, to recover his poise'
  12. 'I was very impressed with her poise and composure.'
  13. 'And he displayed great composure and poise in a loud environment in reality our first road game of this year.'
  14. 'I left with as much poise and dignity as I could, keeping my face a tranquil mask as I lost myself in the crowd and headed for the bathroom.'
  15. 'She handled herself with poise and dignity and did not shy from any of the issues.'
  16. 'Hayden never recovered his poise and four overs later was out to Jones, who beat his chest in delight.'
  17. 'He descended to raucous and tasteless personal attacks on the Gandhis and generally showed little dignity, poise or gravitas.'
  18. 'Dawson recovered his poise to take a couple of wickets and pace sensation Steven Kirby wrapped things up by grabbing the last three wickets in the space of 18 balls at a cost of just four runs.'
  19. 'In the printed version of the lecture he has recovered his poise.'
  20. 'The HKMA head was unwilling to be drawn into talking about subsequent losses, but with markets still recovering their poise during May, the fund's losses seem set to mount.'
  21. 'By their physiques, thankfully the majority retain poise and dignity.'
Balance; equilibrium.


    Be or cause to be balanced or suspended.
    1. with object figurative 'the world was poised between peace and war'
    2. 'He poised his face in a poker like style, trying to copy Kira.'
    3. 'Finally, all turned, slowly glided and pitched down, poising with uplifted wings momentarily before merging into the dusk.'
    4. 'As you make ready to enter, the direct-lift machine does not touch the ground; it poises motionless under its whirling rotor blades like a gigantic hummingbird.'
    5. 'I poised my pen over the paper unsure of whether to write back or not.'
    6. 'He also took a seat, and readied his materials, inking his quill and poising his hand.'
    7. 'A little shaky from all the adrenaline, I poise the ball of one foot on the pedal.'
    8. '‘Wow, Chelsea’, Peter said, pushing up the frames of his glasses up with one hand as he poised a pencil over a page with the other.'
    9. '‘Coming,’ I replied, poising myself at the edge of the stack.'
    10. 'She fell almost immediately after leaping onto the balance beam and then had to poise herself moments later as she nearly went off again.'
    11. 'He checked himself, hand poised a width from the fledgling's back.'
    12. 'He commented that the US economy is poised for recovery, although protracted because of geopolitical factors and trade wars.'
    13. 'Two determined teams faced off for the quarter but Air Force was poised for victory with another winning combination.'
    14. 'Nikki was poised for several stressful weeks of preparation.'
    15. 'Opposition peers are poised for the fourth time in a row to defy the Commons and insist the Yorkshire trial can only go ahead if the North-West is taken out of the proposals altogether.'
    16. 'The benchmarks, which have tumbled for six days, are still poised for a second successive quarter of gains.'
    17. 'But to generalize from there to a secret cabal of Muslims in the military poised for terrorist action is more than a little bit of a stretch.'
    18. 'But proponents say it is also poised for a comeback.'
    19. 'The price of physical gold is poised for a strong second half.'
    20. 'He also thinks that ITV is poised for a recovery.'
    21. 'Text messaging, a huge success for the mobile phone business, is now poised for take-off via fixed lines as well, with some intriguing implications.'


    A unit of dynamic viscosity, such that a tangential force of one dyne per square centimetre causes a velocity change one centimetre per second between two parallel planes separated by one centimetre in a liquid.

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      1. a state of balance or equilibrium, as from equality or equal distribution of weight; equipoise.

      2. a dignified, self-confident manner or bearing; composure; self-possession: to show poise in company.

      3. steadiness; stability: intellectual poise.

      4. suspense or wavering, as between rest and motion or two phases of motion: the poise of the tides.

      5. the way of being poised, held, or carried.

      6. the state or position of hovering: the poise of a bird in the air. verb (used


      (poise)Early 20th century: from the name of Jean L. M. Poiseuille (1799–1869), French physician.