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poise

poise

 
pronunciation:
poIz
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a state or position of equilibrium; balance.
synonyms:
balance, equilibrium, equipoise
similar words:
stasis, symmetry
definition 2: the ability to conduct oneself confidently and comfortably; self-possession.
synonyms:
aplomb, composure, equanimity, sang-froid, self-assurance, self-confidence, self-possession
similar words:
assurance, confidence, ease, equilibrium, grace, possession, savoir-faire, temper
definition 3: the way one carries oneself; posture.
synonyms:
attitude, carriage, posture
similar words:
bearing, comportment, mien, set
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: poised, poises, poising
definition: to put or hold in a position of equilibrium or readiness.
He poised his hat on his knee.The fisherman poised his rod and waited before casting.
synonyms:
balance, equilibrate
similar words:
counterbalance, counterpoise, stabilize
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to be in a balanced state.
synonyms:
balance, equilibrate, even
similar words:
stabilize
definition 2: to be in position and at rest before use or change.
Her pen poised over the paper.The countries were poising on the brink of war.
 
synonyms:
hang
similar words:
hover, suspend, teeter