noun Date: 1854 the quality or state of being self-poised

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  • self-poise — ˈ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ noun : the quality or state of being self poised …   Useful english dictionary

  • poise — [n] self composure, dignity address, aplomb, assurance, balance, bearing, calmness, confidence, cool, coolness, delicatesse, diplomacy, elegance, equability, equanimity, equilibrium, grace, gravity, polish, presence, presence of mind, sangfroid,… …   New thesaurus

  • Poise — Poise, n. [OE. pois, peis, OF. pois, peis, F. poids, fr. L. pensum a portion weighed out, pendere to weigh, weigh out. Cf. {Avoirdupois}, {Pendant}, {Poise}, v.] [Formerly written also {peise}.] 1. Weight; gravity; that which causes a body to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • poise# — poise vb *stabilize, steady, balance, ballast, trim Analogous words: *support, uphold, back Contrasted words: disturb, agitate, upset (see DISCOMPOSE): *overturn, overthrow, subvert poise n 1 * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • self-confidence — self confident, adj. self confidently, adv. /self kon fi deuhns, self /, n. 1. realistic confidence in one s own judgment, ability, power, etc. 2. excessive or inflated confidence in one s own judgment, ability, etc. [1630 40] Syn. 1. assurance,… …   Universalium

  • self-possession — /self peuh zesh euhn, self /, n. the quality of being self possessed; control of one s feelings, behavior, etc.; composure; poise. [1735 45] * * * …   Universalium

  • self-possession — self possession, *confidence, self confidence, assurance, self assurance, aplomb Analogous words: *equanimity, composure: coolness, collectedness, imperturbability, nonchalance (see corresponding adjectives at COOL): poise, savoir faire, *tact …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • self-control — [n] willpower over one’s actions abstemiousness, aplomb, balance, constraint, dignity, discipline, discretion, poise, repression, reserve, restraint, reticence, self constraint, selfdiscipline, self government, sobriety, stability, stoicism,… …   New thesaurus

  • poise — ► NOUN 1) graceful and elegant bearing. 2) composure and dignity of manner. ► VERB 1) be or cause to be balanced or suspended. 2) (poised) composed and elegant or self assured. 3) (be poised to do) …   English terms dictionary

  • poise — poise1 [poiz] n. [ME pois, weight < OFr < VL * pesum < L pensum, something weighed < pendere, to weigh: see PENDANT] 1. balance; stability 2. ease and dignity of manner; self assurance; composure 3. the condition of being calm or… …   English World dictionary

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