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Definition of "poise" []

  • To carry or hold in equilibrium; balance. (verb-transitive)
  • To be balanced or held in suspension; hover. (verb-intransitive)
  • A state of balance or equilibrium; stability. (noun)
  • Freedom from affectation or embarrassment; composure. (noun)
  • The bearing or deportment of the head or body; mien. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "poise" in a sentence
  • "Something happens to a man that deeply stirs him, as an insult, or a falling out with a friend, or the loss of money, -- something which disturbs what we call his poise or peace of mind."
  • "I've gained lifelong friends, fans and customers from them witnessing what they call poise under pressure - and I call common courtesy."
  • "Her grace a poise is beyond anything Ive ever seen."