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poised

[ poizd ]
/ pɔɪzd /
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adjective

(of a person) composed, dignified, and self-assured.
being in balance or equilibrium: a ball poised on the nose of a seal.
teetering or wavering: to be poised on the brink of disaster.
hovering or suspended in or as in midair: a bird poised in flight; a helicopter poised overhead.
readied or prepared to do something or for something to happen: a singer poised to make sales history with a new album.

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Origin of poised

First recorded in 1635–45; poise1 + -ed2, -ed3

OTHER WORDS FROM poised

un·poised, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for poised

poised
/ (pɔɪzd) /

adjective

self-possessed; dignified; exhibiting composure
balanced and prepared for actiona skier poised at the top of the slope
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