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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 poise /ˈpɔɪz/

From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Medical Dictionary 英漢醫學字典

 poise /ˈpɔɪz, ˈpwɑz/ 名詞

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Poise, v. i. To hang in equilibrium; to be balanced or suspended; hence, to be in suspense or doubt.
 The slender, graceful spars
 Poise aloft in air.   --Longfellow.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Poise n.  [Formerly written also peise.]
 1. Weight; gravity; that which causes a body to descend; heaviness. “Weights of an extraordinary poise.”
 2. The weight, or mass of metal, used in weighing, to balance the substance weighed.
 3. The state of being balanced by equal weight or power; equipoise; balance; equilibrium; rest.
 4. That which causes a balance; a counterweight.
    Men of unbounded imagination often want the poise of judgment.   --Dryden.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Poise v. t. [imp. & p. p. Poised, p. pr. & vb. n. Poising.]  [Formerly written also peise.]
 1. To balance; to make of equal weight; as, to poise the scales of a balance.
 2. To hold or place in equilibrium or equiponderance.
 Nor yet was earth suspended in the sky;
 Nor poised, did on her own foundation lie.   --Dryden.
 3. To counterpoise; to counterbalance.
    One scale of reason to poise another of sensuality.   --Shak.
    To poise with solid sense a sprightly wit.   --Dryden.
 4. To ascertain, as by the balance; to weigh.
    He can not sincerely consider the strength, poise the weight, and discern the evidence.   --South.
 5. To weigh (down); to oppress. [Obs.]
    Lest leaden slumber peise me down to-morrow.   --Shak.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: a cgs unit of dynamic viscosity equal to one dyne-second per
           square centimeter; the viscosity of a fluid in which a
           force of one dyne per square centimeter maintains a
           velocity of 1 centimeter per second
      2: a state of being balanced in a stable equilibrium
      3: great coolness and composure under strain; "keep your cool"
         [syn: aplomb, assuredness, cool, sang-froid]
      v 1: be motionless, in suspension; "The bird poised for a few
           moments before it attacked"
      2: prepare (oneself) for something unpleasant or difficult
         [syn: brace]
      3: cause to be balanced or suspended
      4: hold or carry in equilibrium [syn: balance]