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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR POISED

For a long time Linda sat with poised pencil, studying her foreground.

They stood before him palpitating like birds, poised, tense for flight.

He lifted it, poised it, made as though to throw it, to thrust with it.

His body was poised for the attack, as a bow is bent to drive forth the arrow.

In his hand a revolver appeared, poised for immediate use if there were need.

She poised for a moment, then sprang for the dancing rabbit.

Chris was now keenly alert, poised, ready for any chance that might come.

Cool, poised, efficient, with an air of authority that commanded respect.

He swung me to his shoulder, and held me poised there, looking up at me.

She poised an instant, then knifed down the slippery runway.

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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