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[poiz] /pɔɪz/

a state of balance or equilibrium, as from equality or equal distribution of weight; .
a dignified, self-confident manner or bearing; composure; self-possession:
to show poise in company.
steadiness; stability:
intellectual poise.
suspense or wavering, as between rest and motion or two phases of motion:
the poise of the tides.
the way of being poised, held, or carried.
the state or position of hovering:
the poise of a bird in the air.
verb (used with object), poised, poising.
to adjust, hold, or carry in equilibrium; balance evenly.
to hold supported or raised, as in position for casting, using, etc.:
to poise a spear.
to hold or carry in a particular manner:
She walked, carefully poising a water jug on her head.
Obsolete. to weigh.
verb (used without object), poised, poising.
to rest in equilibrium; be balanced.
to hover, as a bird in the air.
[pwahz] /pwɑz/
noun, Physics.
a centimeter-gram-second unit of viscosity, equal to the viscosity of a fluid in which a stress of one dyne per square centimeter is required to maintain a difference of velocity of one centimeter per second between two parallel planes in the fluid that lie in the direction of flow and are separated by a distance of one centimeter. Symbol: P.
composure or dignity of manner
physical balance or assurance in movement or bearing
the state of being balanced or stable; equilibrium; stability
the position of hovering
suspense or indecision
to be or cause to be balanced or suspended
(transitive) to hold, as in readiness: to poise a lance
(transitive) a rare word for weigh1
/pwɑːz; pɔɪz/
the cgs unit of viscosity; the viscosity of a fluid in which a tangential force of 1 dyne per square centimetre maintains a difference in velocity of 1 centimetre per second between two parallel planes 1 centimetre apart. It is equivalent to 0.1 newton second per square metre P

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.
(poiz, pwäz)
The unit of dynamic viscosity in the centimeter-gram-second system, equal to one dyne-second per square centimeter, or 0.1 pascal-seconds.


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