- poiret, paul,
- poiseuille's law,
- poiseuille's space,
Origin of poised
verb (used with object), poised, pois·ing.
verb (used without object), poised, pois·ing.
Origin of poise1
Examples from the Web for poised
Hovering above the scene, commandos in helicopters were poised with automatic rifles.
The current conflict it fuels is now poised to last long into the new year.
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|Anna Nemtsova|December 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The grandson of legendary fashion editor Diana Vreeland, Nicholas Vreeland was poised for a decadent life in high-society.
And, from the south, chronic wasting disease is poised to decimate the elk herds.
One poised directly above her face, trembled, brushed her mouth lightly.The Tree of Life|Catherine Lucille Moore
Treachery, or, perhaps worse, a kind of poised—and poisonous—mental judo?The Planet Strappers|Raymond Zinke Gallun
The axe of the sable statue was poised above its head, as in the act to strike him.Rookwood|William Harrison Ainsworth
Her human power of emotion leaped to the supremest arc of that rainbow curve, and with him stood there poised.Arundel|Edward Frederic Benson
In his excitement the youth sprang to his feet, and poised his crossbow.The Winning of the Golden Spurs|Percy F. Westerman
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.