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Meaning of poised

poised

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