Held balanced or steady in readiness: stood poised for the jump. (adjective)
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Use "poised" in a sentence
"And if the cover art foreshadows the style of this gargantuan cotton-candy novel, the title poised between horse and skyline suggests the allusive, striving nature of the themes to come: Shakespeare's romance of resurrection will be only the most conspicuous swatch in a patchwork of Renaissance fairy tale, Victorian saga, Vonnegutian fable, and dreamy surrealism in the Latin American manner."
"Press-Register – Insight: Baldwin poised to deal with stormwater runoff"
"Size doesn't matter: these tiny fruit flies are once again poised to take on the world."