From advanced 3-D to advanced virtual reality, the latest generation of videogames is poised to redefine entertainment.
But Ryan is young and is poised to be the intellectual leader of the conservative movement for the next generation.
Another one of a young woman has all the poised regality of an Avedon.
Watchmen, which hits theaters on Friday, is poised to be this year's biggest superhero blockbuster.
But a small cadre of feminist researchers and activists are poised to turn this tide.
Jarvis was still tense, poised to respond to the first signal of danger.
There was nothing to do but wait, so Konar poised himself a few feet from them.
Indeed, even as they stood there, poised for the plunge, a faint whistle rose from below.
He had taken a key from his pocket and had it poised, when he heard the clatter of the other's feet.
Close to the door she was poised like some wild bird arrested in its flight.
early 15c., "weight, quality of being heavy," later "significance, importance" (mid-15c.), from Old French pois "weight, balance, consideration" (12c., Modern French poids), from Medieval Latin pesum "weight," from Latin pensum "something weighted or weighed," (source of Provençal and Catalan pes, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian peso), noun use of neuter past participle of pendere "to weigh" (see pendant).
The sense of "steadiness, composure" first recorded 1640s, from notion of being equally weighted on either side (1550s). Meaning "balance" is from 1711; meaning "way in which the body is carried" is from 1770.
late 14c., "to have a certain weight," from stressed form of Old French peser "to weigh, be heavy; weigh down, be a burden; worry, be a concern," from Vulgar Latin *pesare, from Latin pensare "to weigh carefully, weigh out, counter-balance," frequentative of pendere (past participle pensus) "to weigh" (see pendant). For form evolution from Latin to French, see OED. Meaning "to place in equilibrium" is from 1630s (cf. equipoise). Passive sense of "to be ready" (to do something) is from 1932. Related: Poised; poising. In 15c. a poiser was an official who weighed goods.
poise (poiz, pwäz)
A centimeter-gram-second unit of dynamic viscosity equal to one dyne-second per square centimeter.