- 1Graceful and elegant bearing in a person: poise and good deportment can be cultivatedMore example sentences
- And now I knew the names of most of the foods set before me, spoke with elegance and poise, danced with grace, and could even say a few words in French and Italian!
- Despite this, she was a ballet dancer who had the grace, poise, and elegance of an angel.
- The prayer is nothing but an expression of these manifestations and, with graceful poise, combines all of them.
- 1.1Composure and dignity of manner: at least he had a moment to think, to recover his poiseMore example sentences
- By their physiques, thankfully the majority retain poise and dignity.
- He descended to raucous and tasteless personal attacks on the Gandhis and generally showed little dignity, poise or gravitas.
- I think the family has shown remarkable dignity and poise throughout this entire ordeal.
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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 warMore example sentences
- ‘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.
- 1.1 (be poised) Be ready and prepared to do something: [with infinitive]: teachers are poised to resume their attack on government school testsMore example sentences
position oneself, ready oneself, prepare oneself, brace oneself, get into position, gear oneself up, stand by; balance, steady
- 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.
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'.
early 20th century: from the name of Jean L. M. Poiseuille (1799–1869), French physician.