"poise" in the noun sense
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
a state of being balanced in a stable equilibrium
3. aplomb, assuredness, cool, poise, sang-froid
great coolness and composure under strain
"keep your cool"
"poise" in the verb sense
be motionless, in suspension
"The bird poised for a few moments before it attacked"
2. brace, poise
prepare (oneself) for something unpleasant or difficult
cause to be balanced or suspended
4. poise, balance
hold or carry in equilibrium
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