(noun, verb)


1. 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

Definition categories: quantity

2. a state of being balanced in a stable equilibrium

Definition categories: state, equilibrium

3. great coolness and composure under strain

Similar word(s): aplomb, assuredness, cool

Definition categories: attribute, calm, calmness, composure, equanimity


1. be motionless, in suspension

- The bird poised for a few moments before it attacked

Definition categories: motion, hover

2. prepare (oneself) for something unpleasant or difficult

Similar word(s): brace

Definition categories: emotion, fix, prepare, ready, set

3. cause to be balanced or suspended

Definition categories: contact, lay, place, pose, position, put, set

4. hold or carry in equilibrium

Similar word(s): balance

Definition categories: contact, bear, carry, hold

Sentences with poise as a verb:

- I poised the crowbar in my hand, and waited.

- to poise the scales of a balance

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