There are 2 definitions of poise in English:

poise1

Syllabification: poise
Pronunciation: /poiz
 
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noun

  • 2 archaic Balance; equilibrium.

verb

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  • 1Be or cause to be balanced or suspended: [no object]: he poised motionless on his toes [with object]: figurative the world was poised between peace and war
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    • ‘We are at your service, madam,’ he said, poising his fingertips together above his stomach.
    • Yet, as we all know, popular art would be nowhere without the perpetual, inconclusive drama of crossing the line - poising at the edge of the abyss, sometimes pulling back, sometimes falling in.
    • ‘Coming,’ I replied, poising myself at the edge of the stack.
    Synonyms
    balance, hold (oneself) steady, be suspended, remain motionless, hang, hover
  • 1.1 (be poised) (Of a person or organization) be ready to do something: [with infinitive]: teachers are poised to resume their attack on government school tests
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    • Text messaging, a huge success for the mobile phone business, is now poised for take-off via fixed lines as well, with some intriguing implications.
    • Nikki was poised for several stressful weeks of preparation.
    • The incumbent platforms are not yet ready to fade away and we are now poised for a period when new equilibriums will be established.
    Synonyms
    prepare oneself, ready oneself, brace oneself, gear oneself up, stand by

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'weight'): from Old French pois, peis (noun), peser (verb), from an alteration of Latin pensum 'weight', from the verb pendere 'weigh'. From the early senses of 'weight' and 'measure of weight' arose the notion of 'equal weight, balance', leading to the extended senses 'composure' and 'elegant bearing'.

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There are 2 definitions of poise in English:

poise2

Syllabification: poise
Pronunciation: /
 
poiz/

noun

Physics
  • A unit of dynamic viscosity, such that a tangential force of one dyne per square centimeter causes a velocity change of one centimeter per second between two parallel planes separated by one centimeter in a liquid.

Origin

early 20th century: from the name of Jean L. M. Poiseuille (1799–1869), French physician.

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