from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Assured; composed.
- adj. Held balanced or steady in readiness: stood poised for the jump.
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- adj. Possessing poise, having self-confidence.
- adj. Ready, prepared.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. in full control of your faculties
- adj. marked by balance or equilibrium and readiness for action
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And if the cover art foreshadows the style of this gargantuan cotton-candy novel, the title poised between horse and skyline suggests the allusive, striving nature of the themes to come: Shakespeare's romance of resurrection will be only the most conspicuous swatch in a patchwork of Renaissance fairy tale, Victorian saga, Vonnegutian fable, and dreamy surrealism in the Latin American manner.
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Size doesn't matter: these tiny fruit flies are once again poised to take on the world.
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Needless to state, the firelocks were all "poised" -- whatever that may be -- and, led by Allen, a rush was made, the sentry overpowered, and soon the gallant "83" were standing back to back on the parade-ground within the fort, their muskets levelled at the two barracks which, filled with sleeping soldiers, faced each other.
Though The Matarese Circle is poised from the get-go to reach a different box office level than Cronenberg’s previous works, it continues the director’s path away from hardcore genre classics like Videodrome, Scanners, Crash and The Fly.
The barbarian watched the grisly scene play out as he stood breathing heavily with the great sword poised to strike yet again if need be.
The next time you see a crazed individual bearing down on YOU with a samurai sword poised and ready to inflict horrible injuries please, take time to see things from his perspective.
The other, he who had struck the leader, tensed, his sword poised to fen any possible blow.
Reuters: "Senator Edward Kennedy's death marks the twilight of one of America's most fabled political families, with no heirs to the Kennedy name poised to emerge with the same mix of gravitas, ambition and celebrity."