Now Franken is poised to become that rare politician whose very existence is a wedge issue to be exploited.
But don't tell the holdouts on the left and right, who are poised for battle.
A spokeswoman for Thain denied a rumor inside Merrill that Thain is poised to step down from the firm.
Chief Executive Mark Thompson is poised to lead The New York Times through the digital revolution.
Some of the men above were tragically called Uncle Toms, but now one of them is poised to be the most powerful man in the world.
Jarvis was still tense, poised to respond to the first signal of danger.
They stood before him palpitating like birds, poised, tense for flight.
Indeed, even as they stood there, poised for the plunge, a faint whistle rose from below.
He lifted it, poised it, made as though to throw it, to thrust with it.
Close to the door she was poised like some wild bird arrested in its flight.
early 15c., "weight, quality of being heavy," later "significance, importance" (mid-15c.), from Old French pois "weight, balance, consideration" (12c., Modern French poids), from Medieval Latin pesum "weight," from Latin pensum "something weighted or weighed," (source of Provençal and Catalan pes, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian peso), noun use of neuter past participle of pendere "to weigh" (see pendant).
The sense of "steadiness, composure" first recorded 1640s, from notion of being equally weighted on either side (1550s). Meaning "balance" is from 1711; meaning "way in which the body is carried" is from 1770.
late 14c., "to have a certain weight," from stressed form of Old French peser "to weigh, be heavy; weigh down, be a burden; worry, be a concern," from Vulgar Latin *pesare, from Latin pensare "to weigh carefully, weigh out, counter-balance," frequentative of pendere (past participle pensus) "to weigh" (see pendant). For form evolution from Latin to French, see OED. Meaning "to place in equilibrium" is from 1630s (cf. equipoise). Passive sense of "to be ready" (to do something) is from 1932. Related: Poised; poising. In 15c. a poiser was an official who weighed goods.
poise (poiz, pwäz)
A centimeter-gram-second unit of dynamic viscosity equal to one dyne-second per square centimeter.