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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR POISE

But according to Letty he was something superhuman in poise and charm.

They could recover their poise; he with the health of a simple mind, and they as children will.

Pee-wee demanded to know, as soon as he had regained his poise and dignity.

The adjustment is to be accomplished entirely by the poise of the body.

From cock-crow to sun-down the streets resounded with 'Poise your muskets!

Since the death of Strangeways, he had not recovered his poise of soul.

For the first time the youthful caller's poise seemed a trifle shaken.

At nearly every step the body lurched for poise and balance.

Her poise was too perfect to make such a supposition possible.

There is, in the poise of his head and in his eyes, a fierce intolerance.

WORD ORIGIN

early 15c., "weight, quality of being heavy," later "significance, importance" (mid-15c.), from Old French pois "weight, balance, consideration" (12c., Modern French poids), from Medieval Latin pesum "weight," from Latin pensum "something weighted or weighed," (source of Provençal and Catalan pes, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian peso), noun use of neuter past participle of pendere "to weigh" (see pendant).

The sense of "steadiness, composure" first recorded 1640s, from notion of being equally weighted on either side (1550s). Meaning "balance" is from 1711; meaning "way in which the body is carried" is from 1770.

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