poise
I. verb (poised; poising) Etymology: Middle English, to weigh, ponder, from Anglo-French peiser, poiser, from Latin pensare — more at pensive Date: 1598 transitive verb 1. a. balance; especially to hold or carry in equilibrium <
carried a water jar poised on her head
>
b. to hold supported or suspended without motion in a steady position <
poised her fork and gave her guest a knowing look — Louis Bromfield
>
2. to hold or carry (the head) in a particular way 3. to put into readiness ; brace intransitive verb 1. to become drawn up into readiness 2. hover II. noun Etymology: Middle English poyse weight, heaviness, from Anglo-French peis, pois, from Latin pensum, from neuter of pensus, past participle of pendere to weigh — more at pendant Date: 1649 1. a stably balanced state ; equilibrium <
a poise between widely divergent impulses — F. R. Leavis
>
2. a. easy self-possessed assurance of manner ; gracious tact in coping or handling; also the pleasantly tranquil interaction between persons of poise <
no angry outbursts marred the poise of the meeting
>
b. a particular way of carrying oneself ; bearing, carriage Synonyms: see tact III. noun Etymology: French, from Jean Louis Marie Poiseuille died 1869 French physician and anatomist Date: 1913 a centimeter-gram-second unit of viscosity equal to the viscosity of a fluid that would require a shearing force of one dyne to impart to a one-square-centimeter area of an arbitrary layer of the fluid a velocity of one centimeter per second relative to another layer separated from the first by a distance of one centimeter

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  • 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • poise — [ pwaz ] n. f. • 1931; de Poiseuille, n. pr. ♦ Métrol. Unité de viscosité dynamique du système C. G. S. (symb.Po), valant 0,1 pascal seconde. ● poise nom masculin (de Poiseuille, nom propre) Sous multiple valant 10−1 pascal seconde. ⇒POISE, subst …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 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 — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda El poise (símbolo: P) es la unidad de viscosidad absoluta del sistema cegesimal de unidades: 1 poise (P) ≡ 1 g·cm−1·s−1 ≡ 1 dina·s·cm−2 ≡ 0,1 Pa·s Esta unidad recibió el nombre en honor al fisiólogo francés Jean… …   Wikipedia Español

  • Poise — 〈[ poa:z] n.; , ; 〉 nicht mehr zulässige Maßeinheit der Viskosität, zu ersetzen durch die Einheit Pascalsekunde (Pas), 1 P = 0,1 Pas [nach dem frz. Mathematiker u. Physiker Jean Louis Marie Poiseville, 1781 1840] * * * Poise [po a:z; nach dem frz …   Universal-Lexikon

  • poise — s.m. (fiz.) Unitate de măsură a viscozităţii dinamice, reprezentând viscozitatea unui fluid în care, pentru a deplasa tangenţial cu viteza de 1 cm/s o suprafaţă plană de 1 cm2, este necesară o forţă de o dină. (< fr. poise) Trimis de… …   Dicționar Român

  • Poise — Poise, v. i. To hang in equilibrium; to be balanced or suspended; hence, to be in suspense or doubt. [1913 Webster] The slender, graceful spars Poise aloft in air. Longfellow. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • poise — s. m. [Física, Metrologia] Unidade de medida de viscosidade do sistema c.g.s., equivalente a 1/10 do pascal segundo no Sistema Internacional.   ‣ Etimologia: [Jean Louis Marie] Poise[uille], físico francês …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • 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

  • 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 — (Del fr. poise, y este de J. L. M. Poiseuille, 1799 1869, médico y físico francés). m. Fís. Unidad de viscosidad del Sistema Cegesimal, equivalente a la viscosidad de un fluido en el cual el gradiente de velocidad, sometido a un esfuerzo… …   Diccionario de la lengua española

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