from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To carry or hold in equilibrium; balance.
- intransitive v. To be balanced or held in suspension; hover.
- n. A state of balance or equilibrium; stability.
- n. Freedom from affectation or embarrassment; composure.
- n. The bearing or deportment of the head or body; mien.
- n. A state or condition of hovering or being suspended.
- n. A centimeter-gram-second unit of dynamic viscosity equal to one dyne-second per square centimeter.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Weight; an amount of weight, the amount something weighs.
- n. A state of balance, equilibrium or stability
- n. composure; freedom from embarrassment or affectation
- n. mien; bearing or deportment of the head or body
- n. A condition of hovering, or being suspended
- n. A cgs unit of dynamic viscosity equal to one dyne-second per square centimeter.
- v. To hang in equilibrium; to be balanced or suspended; hence, to be in suspense or doubt.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Weight; gravity; that which causes a body to descend; heaviness.
- n. The weight, or mass of metal, used in weighing, to balance the substance weighed.
- n. The state of being balanced by equal weight or power; equipoise; balance; equilibrium; rest.
- n. That which causes a balance; a counterweight.
- n. a dignified and self-confident manner; graceful composure and tact in handling difficult social situations.
- transitive v. To balance; to make of equal weight.
- transitive v. To hold or place in equilibrium or equiponderance.
- transitive v. To counterpoise; to counterbalance.
- transitive v. To ascertain, as by the balance; to weigh.
- transitive v. To weigh (down); to oppress.
- intransitive v. To hang in equilibrium; to be balanced or suspended; hence, to be in suspense or doubt.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To weigh; ascertain by weighing or balancing; figuratively, to weigh; ponder; consider.
- To counterbalance; be of equal weight with.
- To balance; make of equal weight; hold or place in equilibrium: as, to poise the scales of a balance.
- To hold suspended or in suspense; delay.
- To weigh or press down; force.
- To be balanced or suspended; hence, figuratively, to hang in suspense.
- n. Weight; ponderosity; gravity.
- n. A weight; especially, the weight or mass of metal used in weighing with steelyards to balance the substance weighed.
- n. A thing suspended or attached as a counterweight; hence, that which counterbalances; a counterpoise.
- n. A state of balance; equipoise; equilibrium; hence, equanimity.
- n. The condition of balancing or hovering; suspended motion.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. 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
- v. hold or carry in equilibrium
- v. cause to be balanced or suspended
- n. a state of being balanced in a stable equilibrium
- n. great coolness and composure under strain
- v. be motionless, in suspension
- v. prepare (oneself) for something unpleasant or difficult
Middle English poisen, to balance, weigh, from Old French peser, pois-, from Vulgar Latin *pēsāre, from Latin pēnsāre.
French, after Jean Louis Marie Poiseuille (1799-1869), French physician and physiologist.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From a combination of Anglo-Norman pois, Middle French pois ("weight") and Anglo-Norman poise, Middle French poise ("measure of weight"). (Wiktionary)