[ poizd ]
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  1. (of a person) composed, dignified, and self-assured.

  2. being in balance or equilibrium: a ball poised on the nose of a seal.

  1. teetering or wavering: to be poised on the brink of disaster.

  2. hovering or suspended in or as in midair: a bird poised in flight; a helicopter poised overhead.

  3. readied or prepared to do something or for something to happen: a singer poised to make sales history with a new album.

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


/ (pɔɪzd) /

  1. self-possessed; dignified; exhibiting composure

  2. balanced and prepared for action: a skier poised at the top of the slope

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