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


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

      adj 1: marked by balance or equilibrium and readiness for action;
             "a gull in poised flight"; "George's poised hammer"
      2: in full control of your faculties; "the witness remained
         collected throughout the cross-examination"; "perfectly
         poised and sure of himself"; "more self-contained and more
         dependable than many of the early frontiersmen"; "strong
         and self-possessed in the face of trouble" [syn: collected,
          equanimous, self-collected, self-contained, self-possessed]