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Adjective: poised  poyzd
  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
    "perfectly poised and sure of himself";
    - collected, equanimous, self-collected, self-contained, self-possessed
Verb: poise  poyz
  1. Be motionless, in suspension
    "The bird poised for a few moments before it attacked"
     
  2. Prepare (oneself) for something unpleasant or difficult
    - brace
     
  3. Cause to be balanced or suspended
     
  4. Hold or carry in equilibrium
    - balance

See also: balanced, composed

Type of: bear, carry, fix, gear up, hold, hover, lay, place, pose, position, prepare, put, ready, set, set up

Encyclopedia: Poise