—v.i. 1. to assume a particular attitude or stance, esp. 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.
—v.t. 1. to place in a suitable position or attitude for a picture, tableau, or the like: to pose a group for a photograph. 2. to assert, state, or put forward: That poses a difficult problem. 3. to put or place.
—n. 1. a bodily attitude or posture: Her pose had a note of defiance in it. 2. a mental attitude or posture: a pose cultivated by the upper classes. 3. the act or period of posing, as for a picture.
4. a position or attitude assumed in posing, or exhibited by a figure in a picture, sculptural work, tableau, or the like.
5. a moment in which a dancer remains motionless, usually in an assumed posture.
6. a studied attitude; affectation: His liberalism is merely a pose.
Pronunciation: (pōz),[key] —v.t.,posed, pos•ing. 1. to embarrass or baffle, as by a difficult question or problem.
2. Obs.to examine by putting questions.
Pronunciation: (pō-zā'; Fr. pô-zā'),[key] —n., —pl.-sésPronunciation: (-zāz'; Fr. -zā').[key]Ballet. 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.