Definition of poise :
1. That which causes a balance; a counterweight.
2. The state of being balanced by equal weight or power; equipoise; balance; equilibrium; rest.
3. The weight, or mass of metal, used in weighing, to balance the substance weighed.
4. To ascertain, as by the balance; to weigh.
5. To balance; to make of equal weight; as, to poise the scales of a balance.
6. To counterpoise; to counterbalance.
7. To hang in equilibrium; to be balanced or suspended; hence, to be in suspense or doubt.
8. To hold or place in equilibrium or equiponderance.
9. To weigh ( down); to oppress.
10. Weight; gravity; that which causes a body to descend; heaviness.
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calm (part of speech: noun)
- Peggy read it, then turned to look straight into Nelly's eyes, her own growing dark as she raised her head in the proud little poise which made her so like her mother's portrait. - "Peggy Stewart at School", Gabrielle E. Jackson.
- And I thrilled at the graceful poise of her head And the radiant smile of my love when she said, " Why James, you know that I love you." - "The Loom of Life", Cotton Noe.
- He could not see the face of the first, but noticed her light poise and graceful movements as she sprang from stone to stone. - "The Girl From Keller's Sadie's Conquest", Harold Bindloss.