Poising
Poise Poise, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Poised}, ; p. pr. & vb. n. {Poising}.] [OE. poisen, peisen, OF. & F. peser, to weigh, balance, OF. il peise, il poise, he weighs, F. il p[`e]se, fr. L. pensare, v. intens. fr. pendere to weigh. See {Poise}, n., and cf. {Pensive}.] [Formerly written also {peise}.] 1. To balance; to make of equal weight; as, to poise the scales of a balance. [1913 Webster]

2. To hold or place in equilibrium or equiponderance. [1913 Webster]

Nor yet was earth suspended in the sky; Nor poised, did on her own foundation lie. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

3. To counterpoise; to counterbalance. [1913 Webster]

One scale of reason to poise another of sensuality. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

To poise with solid sense a sprightly wit. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

4. To ascertain, as by the balance; to weigh. [1913 Webster]

He can not sincerely consider the strength, poise the weight, and discern the evidence. --South. [1913 Webster]

5. To weigh (down); to oppress. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Lest leaden slumber peise me down to-morrow. --Shak. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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