AskDefine | Define poised

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poised adj
1 marked by balance or equilibrium and readiness for action; "a gull in poised flight"; "George's poised hammer"
2 in full control of your faculties; "the witness remained collected throughout the cross-examination"; "perfectly poised and sure of himself"; "more self-contained and more dependable than many of the early frontiersmen"; "strong and self-possessed in the face of trouble" [syn: collected, equanimous, self-collected, self-contained, self-possessed]

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  1. Possessing poise, having self-confidence.
  2. Ready, prepared.
    He stood there, poised to act, and then suddenly he did act, drawing his gun in a smooth arc.


Possessing poise, having self-confidence
Ready, prepared

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