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poised

[poizd] /pɔɪzd/
adjective
1.
(of a person) composed, dignified, and self-assured.
2.
being in balance or equilibrium:
a balloon poised on the nose of a seal.
3.
teetering or wavering:
to be poised on the brink of disaster.
4.
hovering or suspended in or as in midair:
a bird poised in flight; a helicopter poised overhead.
Origin
1635-1645
1635-45; poise1 + -ed2, -ed3
Related forms
unpoised, adjective
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poised

/pɔɪzd/
adjective
1.
self-possessed; dignified; exhibiting composure
2.
balanced and prepared for action: a skier poised at the top of the slope
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