Meaning of pose

pose

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

pose

Pronunciation: (pōz), [key]
— posed, pos•ing.
  1. to embarrass or baffle, as by a difficult question or problem.
  2. to examine by putting questions.

po•sé

Pronunciation: (pō-zā' Fr. pô-zā'), [key]
— pl. -sés
  1. 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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