—n. 1. a state of balance or equilibrium, as from equality or equal distribution of weight; equipoise.
2. a dignified, self-confident manner or bearing; composure; self-possession: to show poise in company. 3. steadiness; stability: intellectual poise. 4. suspense or wavering, as between rest and motion or two phases of motion: the poise of the tides. 5. the way of being poised, held, or carried.
6. the state or position of hovering: the poise of a bird in the air.
—v.t. 1. to adjust, hold, or carry in equilibrium; balance evenly.
2. to hold supported or raised, as in position for casting, using, etc.: to poise a spear. 3. to hold or carry in a particular manner: She walked, carefully poising a water jug on her head. 4. Obs.to weigh.
—v.i. 1. to rest in equilibrium; be balanced.
2. to hover, as a bird in the air.
Pronunciation: (pwäz),[key] —n.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