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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or position of a horse when rearing on its hind legs with its forelegs in the air.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The motion of a horse when it raises its forequarters and keeps its hind feet on the ground without advancing; rearing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The motion of a horse when, raising his fore quarters, he keeps his hind feet on the ground without advancing; rearing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In the manège, the motion of a horse when he raises his fore quarters, keeping his hind feet on the ground without advancing; rearing.

Etymologies

French, alteration (influenced by peser, to weigh) of obsolete posade, from Old Italian posata, a pause, from posare, to pause, from Late Latin pausāre; see pose1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French (Wiktionary)

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