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Dictionary definition for: Poise

1. (n) a cgs unit of dynamic viscosity equal to one dyne-second per square centimeter; the viscosity of a fluid in which a force of one dyne per square centimeter maintains a velocity of 1 centimeter per second

2. (v) be motionless, in suspension; "The bird poised for a few moments before it attacked"

3. (n) a state of being balanced in a stable equilibrium

4. (v) prepare (oneself) for something unpleasant or difficult

5. (n) great coolness and composure under strain; "keep your cool"

6. (v) cause to be balanced or suspended

7. (v) hold or carry in equilibrium

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