Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun poise

3 senses of poise

Sense 1
poise -- (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)
       => unit of viscosity -- (a unit of measurement for viscosity)

Sense 2
poise -- (a state of being balanced in a stable equilibrium)
       => equilibrium -- (a stable situation in which forces cancel one another)

Sense 3
aplomb, assuredness, cool, poise, sang-froid -- (great coolness and composure under strain; "keep your cool")
       => composure, calm, calmness, equanimity -- (steadiness of mind under stress; "he accepted their problems with composure and she with equanimity")

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb poise

4 senses of poise

Sense 1
poise -- (be motionless, in suspension; "The bird poised for a few moments before it attacked")
       => hover -- (hang in the air; fly or be suspended above)

Sense 2
brace, poise -- (prepare (oneself) for something unpleasant or difficult)
       => fix, prepare, set up, ready, gear up, set -- (make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc; "Get the children ready for school!"; "prepare for war"; "I was fixing to leave town after I paid the hotel bill")

Sense 3
poise -- (cause to be balanced or suspended)
       => put, set, place, pose, position, lay -- (put into a certain place or abstract location; "Put your things here"; "Set the tray down"; "Set the dogs on the scent of the missing children"; "Place emphasis on a certain point")

Sense 4
poise, balance -- (hold or carry in equilibrium)
       => hold, carry, bear -- (support or hold in a certain manner; "She holds her head high"; "He carried himself upright")

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