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English noun: poise

1. poise (quantity) 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

Broader (hypernym)unit of viscosity

2. poise (state) a state of being balanced in a stable equilibrium

Broader (hypernym)equilibrium

3. poise (attribute) great coolness and composure under strain

SamplesKeep your cool.

Synonymsaplomb, assuredness, cool, sang-froid

Broader (hypernym)calm, calmness, composure, equanimity

English verb: poise

1. poise (motion) be motionless, in suspension

SamplesThe bird poised for a few moments before it attacked.

Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)hover

2. poise (emotion) prepare (oneself) for something unpleasant or difficult


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)fix, gear up, prepare, ready, set, set up

Narrower (hyponym)nerve, steel

3. poise (contact) cause to be balanced or suspended

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody PP.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)lay, place, pose, position, put, set

Causebalance, poise

4. poise (contact) hold or carry in equilibrium


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)bear, carry, hold

Narrower (hyponym)juggle

Verb groupbalance, equilibrate, equilibrise, equilibrize

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