[poh-zey; French paw-zey]
noun, plural posés [poh-zeyz; French paw-zey] . Ballet.
a movement in which the dancer steps, in any desired position, from one foot to the other with a straight knee onto the flat foot, demi-pointe, or pointe.

1925–30; < French: poised, past participle of poser to pose; see pose1

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pose1 (pəʊz)
vb (often foll by as)
1.  to assume or cause to assume a physical attitude, as for a photograph or painting
2.  to pretend to be or present oneself (as something one is not)
3.  (intr) to affect an attitude or play a part in order to impress others
4.  (tr) to put forward, ask, or assert: to pose a question
5.  a physical attitude, esp one deliberately adopted for or represented by an artist or photographer
6.  a mode of behaviour that is adopted for effect
[C14: from Old French poser to set in place, from Late Latin pausāre to cease, put down (influenced by Latin pōnere to place)]

pose2 (pəʊz)
1.  rare to puzzle or baffle
2.  archaic to question closely
[C16: from obsolete appose, from Latin appōnere to put to, set against; see oppose]

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Word Origin & History

"put in a certain position," late 14c., "suggest, propose, suppose, assume," from O.Fr. poser "put, place, propose," a term in debating, from L.L. pausare "to halt, rest, pause" (see pause). The O.Fr. verb acquired the sense of L. ponere "to put, place," by confusion of the
similar stems. Sense of "to assume a certain attitude" is from 1850; the trans. sense (as an artist's model, etc.) is from 1859. The noun meaning "act of posing the body" is from 1818; its sense of "attitudinize" is from 1840. Poser "one who practices an affected attitude" is from 1881; revived in teen-ager slang 1980s.

"to puzzle, confuse, perplex," 1593, earlier "question, interrogate" (1526), probably from M.Fr. poser "suppose, assume," from O.Fr. poser (see pose (v.1)). Also in some cases a shortening of Eng. appose "examine closely," and oppose. Poser "question that puzzles" is from 1793.
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Example sentences
Jaeger's head is aslant and his eyes jut forward in a pose both arrogant and
They pose a question, and they give a satisfying answer.
The first is the idea that somehow computer achievements pose some sort of
  threat or challenge to human beings.
Tourists stop to pose with him for photographs or get an autograph.
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