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Definition 1: great coolness and composure under strain - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where poise or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • keep your cool

Synonyms for poise in the sense of this definition

(poise is a kind of ...) steadiness of mind under stress

"he accepted their problems with composure and she with equanimity"

Definition 2: 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 denoting quantity]

(poise is a kind of ...) a unit of measurement for viscosity

Definition 3: a state of being balanced in a stable equilibrium - [noun denoting state]

(poise is a kind of ...) a stable situation in which forces cancel one another

Definition 4: hold or carry in equilibrium - [verb of contact]

Synonyms for poise in the sense of this definition

(poise is a kind of ...) support or hold in a certain manner

"She holds her head high" "He carried himself upright"

(... is a kind of poise ) hold with difficulty and balance insecurely

"the player juggled the ball"

(poise has a similar meaning as ...) bring into balance or equilibrium

"She has to balance work and her domestic duties" "balance the two weights"

Definition 5: cause to be balanced or suspended - [verb of contact]

(poise is a kind of ...) put into a certain place or abstract location

"Put your things here" "Set the tray down" "Set the dogs on the scent of the missing children" "Place emphasis on a certain point"

(poise causes ...) hold or carry in equilibrium

Definition 6: prepare (oneself) for something unpleasant or difficult - [verb of emotion]

Synonyms for poise in the sense of this definition

(poise is a kind of ...) make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc

"Get the children ready for school!" "prepare for war" "I was fixing to leave town after I paid the hotel bill"

(... is a kind of poise ) get ready for something difficult or unpleasant

Definition 7: be motionless, in suspension - [verb of motion]

Samples where poise or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The bird poised for a few moments before it attacked

(poise is a kind of ...) hang in the air; fly or be suspended above

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