Origin of poised
verb (used with object), poised, pois·ing.
verb (used without object), poised, pois·ing.
Origin of poise1
Synonyms for poise
Antonyms for poise
Related Words for poisedhover, wait, brood, stabilize, hang, support, float, steady, stand, position, hold, ballast
Examples from the Web for poised
Contemporary Examples of poised
Hovering above the scene, commandos in helicopters were poised with automatic rifles.France Kills Charlie Hebdo Murderers
January 9, 2015
The current conflict it fuels is now poised to last long into the new year.No Gods, No Cops, No Masters
January 1, 2015
The brand logo turned out to feature a graceful archer on horseback, in a Tatar national costume, poised to shoot his arrow.Rebranding The Land of Mongol Warriors & Ivan The Terrible
December 25, 2014
The grandson of legendary fashion editor Diana Vreeland, Nicholas Vreeland was poised for a decadent life in high-society.From Fashion Player to Photographer Monk
December 3, 2014
And, from the south, chronic wasting disease is poised to decimate the elk herds.What It Takes to Kill a Grizzly Bear
November 23, 2014
Historical Examples of poised
For a long time Linda sat with poised pencil, studying her foreground.Her Father's Daughter
They stood before him palpitating like birds, poised, tense for flight.
He lifted it, poised it, made as though to throw it, to thrust with it.
His body was poised for the attack, as a bow is bent to drive forth the arrow.
In his hand a revolver appeared, poised for immediate use if there were need.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
Word Origin for poise
Word Origin for poise
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.