Pronunciation: (poizd),[key] —adj. 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.