Pose



[pohz] /poʊz/

verb (used without object), posed, posing.
1.
to assume a particular attitude or stance, especially with the hope of impressing others:
He likes to pose as an authority on literature.
2.
to present oneself insincerely:
He seems to be posing in all his behavior.
3.
to assume or hold a physical attitude, as for an artistic purpose:
to pose for a painter.
verb (used with object), posed, posing.
4.
to place in a suitable or attitude for a picture, tableau, or the like:
to pose a group for a photograph.
5.
to assert, state, or put forward:
That poses a difficult problem.
6.
to put or place.
noun
7.
a bodily attitude or posture:
Her pose had a note of defiance in it.
8.
a mental attitude or posture:
a pose cultivated by the upper classes.
9.
the act or period of posing, as for a picture.
10.
a or attitude assumed in posing, or exhibited by a figure in a picture, sculptural work, tableau, or the like.
11.
a moment in which a dancer remains motionless, usually in an assumed posture.
12.
a studied attitude; affectation:
His liberalism is merely a pose.
[pohz] /poʊz/
verb (used with object), posed, posing.
1.
to embarrass or baffle, as by a difficult question or problem.
2.
Obsolete. to examine by putting questions.
[poh-zey; French paw-zey] /poʊˈzeɪ; French pɔˈzeɪ/
noun, plural posés
[poh-zeyz; French paw-zey] /poʊˈzeɪz; French pɔˈzeɪ/ (Show IPA). Ballet.
1.
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.
/pəʊz/
verb
1.
to assume or cause to assume a physical attitude, as for a photograph or painting
2.
(intransitive) often foll by as. to pretend to be or present oneself (as something one is not)
3.
(intransitive) to affect an attitude or play a part in order to impress others
4.
(transitive) to put forward, ask, or assert: to pose a question
noun
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
/pəʊz/
verb (transitive)
1.
(rare) to puzzle or baffle
2.
(archaic) to question closely
v.

late 14c., “suggest, propose, suppose, assume,” from Old French poser “put, place, propose,” a term in debating, from Late Latin pausare “to halt, rest, pause” (source also of Italian posare, Spanish posar; see pause (v.)). The Old French verb (in common with cognates in Spanish, Italian, Portuguese) acquired the sense of Latin ponere “to put, place,” by confusion of the similar stems. Meaning “put in a certain position” is from early 15c. Sense of “assume a certain attitude” is from 1840; the transitive sense (as an artist’s model, etc.) is from 1859. Related: Posed; posing.

“to puzzle, confuse, perplex,” 1590s, earlier “question, interrogate” (1520s), probably from Middle French poser “suppose, assume,” from Old French poser “to put, place, set” (see pose (v.1)). Also in some cases a shortening of English appose “examine closely,” and oppose. Related: Posed; posing.
n.

“act of posing the body,” 1818, from pose (v.1), in a sense developed in the French cognate. Figuratively from 1884.

query language written in 1967.
[“POSE: A Language for Posing Problems to Computers”, S. Schlesinger et al, CACM 10:279-285, May 1967].
(1996-12-09)

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