Pronunciation: (pōz), [key]
v., posed, pos•ing,

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.

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.

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. examine by putting questions.


Pronunciation: (pō-zā'; Fr. pô-zā'), [key]
pl. -sésPronunciation: (-zāz'; Fr. -zā'). [key]
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.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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