There are 2 definitions of poise in English:

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Pronunciation: /pɔɪz
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • 2 archaic Balance; equilibrium: the balance has passed the point where the spring is in poise

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, steady oneself, be suspended, hang suspended, remain motionless, hang in mid-air, hang, hover
  • 1.1 (be poised) Be ready and prepared 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
    position oneself, ready oneself, prepare oneself, brace oneself, get into position, gear oneself up, stand by; balance, steady

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

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Pronunciation: /pɔɪz
 
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noun

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

Origin

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

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