"poised" 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
"poised" in the adjective sense
marked by balance or equilibrium and readiness for action
"a gull in poised flight"
"George's poised hammer"
2. collected, equanimous, poised, self-collected, self-contained, self-possessed
in full control of your faculties
"the witness remained collected throughout the cross-examination"
"perfectly poised and sure of himself"
"more self-contained and more dependable than many of the early frontiersmen"
"strong and self-possessed in the face of trouble"
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