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POISE, n. poiz.

1. Weight; gravity; that which causes a body to descend or tend to the center.

2. The weight or mass of metal used in weighing with steelyards, to balance the substance weighed.

3. Balance; equilibrium; a state in which things are balanced by equal weight or power; equipoise. The mind may rest in a poise between two opinions.

The particles forming the earth, must convene from all quarters towards the middle, which would make the whole compound rest in a poise.

4. A regulating power; that which balances.

Men of an unbounded imagination often want the poise of judgment.

POISE, v.t. poiz.

1. To balance in weight; to make of equal weight; as, to poise the scales of a balance.

2. To hold or place in equilibrium or equiponderance.

Our nation with united interest blest,

Not now content to poise, shall sway the rest.

3. To load with weight for balancing.

Where could they find another form so fit,

To poise with solid sense a sprightly wit?

4. To examine or ascertain, as by the balance; to weigh.

He cannot consider the strength, poise the weight, and discern the evidence of the clearest argumentations, where they would conclude against his desires.

5. To oppress; to weigh down.

Lest leaden slumber poise me down to-morrow,

When I should mount on wings of victory.



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POISE, n. poiz.

1. Weight; gravity; that which causes a body to descend or tend to the center.

2. The weight or mass of metal used in weighing with steelyards, to balance the substance weighed.

3. Balance; equilibrium; a state in which things are balanced by equal weight or power; equipoise. The mind may rest in a poise between two opinions.

The particles forming the earth, must convene from all quarters towards the middle, which would make the whole compound rest in a poise.

4. A regulating power; that which balances.

Men of an unbounded imagination often want the poise of judgment.

POISE, v.t. poiz.

1. To balance in weight; to make of equal weight; as, to poise the scales of a balance.

2. To hold or place in equilibrium or equiponderance.

Our nation with united interest blest,

Not now content to poise, shall sway the rest.

3. To load with weight for balancing.

Where could they find another form so fit,

To poise with solid sense a sprightly wit?

4. To examine or ascertain, as by the balance; to weigh.

He cannot consider the strength, poise the weight, and discern the evidence of the clearest argumentations, where they would conclude against his desires.

5. To oppress; to weigh down.

Lest leaden slumber poise me down to-morrow,

When I should mount on wings of victory.

POISE, n. [poiz; W. pwys, weight; Arm. poes; Fr. poids. See the Verb.]

  1. Weight; gravity; that which causes a body to descend or tend to the center. Spenser.
  2. The weight or mass of metal used in weighing with steelyards, to balance the substance weighed.
  3. Balance; equilibrium; a state in which things are balanced by equal weight or power; equipoise. The mind may rest in a poise between two opinions. The particles forming the earth, must convene from all quarters toward the middle, which would make the whole compound rest in a poise. – Bentley.
  4. A regulating power; that which balances. Men of an unbounded imagination often want the poise of judgment. – Dryden.

POISE, v.t. [poiz; W. pwysaw, to throw down, to press, to lean or incline, to weigh; Arm. poesa; It. pesare; Sp. and Port. pesar; Corn. puza; Fr. peser.]

  1. To balance in weight; to make of equal weight; as, to poise the scales of a balance.
  2. To hold or place in equilibrium or equiponderance. Our nation with united interest blest, / Not now content to poise, shall sway the rest. – Dryden.
  3. To load with weight for balancing. Where could they find another form so fit, / To poise with solid sense a sprightly wit? – Dryden.
  4. To examine or ascertain, as by the balance; to weigh. He can not consider the strength, poise the weight, and discern the evidence of the clearest argumentations, where they would conclude against his desires. – South.
  5. To oppress; to weigh down. Lest leaden slumber poise me down to-morrow, / When I should mount on wings of victory. – Shak.

Poise
  1. Weight; gravity; that which causes a body to descend; heaviness.

    "Weights of an extraordinary poise." Evelyn.
  2. To balance; to make of equal weight; as, to poise the scales of a balance.
  3. To hang in equilibrium; to be balanced or suspended; hence, to be in suspense or doubt.

    The slender, graceful spars
    Poise aloft in air.
    Longfellow.

  4. The weight, or mass of metal, used in weighing, to balance the substance weighed.
  5. To hold or place in equilibrium or equiponderance.

    Nor yet was earth suspended in the sky;
    Nor poised, did on her own foundation lie.
    Dryden.

  6. The state of being balanced by equal weight or power; equipoise; balance; equilibrium; rest.

    Bentley.
  7. To counterpoise; to counterbalance.

    One scale of reason to poise another of sensuality. Shak.

    To poise with solid sense a sprightly wit. Dryden.

  8. That which causes a balance; a counterweight.

    Men of unbounded imagination often want the poise of judgment. Dryden.

  9. To ascertain, as by the balance; to weigh.

    He can not sincerely consider the strength, poise the weight, and discern the evidence. South.

  10. To weigh (down); to oppress.

    [Obs.]

    Lest leaden slumber peise me down to- morrow. Shak.

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Poise

POISE, noun poiz.

1. Weight; gravity; that which causes a body to descend or tend to the center.

2. The weight or mass of metal used in weighing with steelyards, to balance the substance weighed.

3. Balance; equilibrium; a state in which things are balanced by equal weight or power; equipoise. The mind may rest in a poise between two opinions.

The particles forming the earth, must convene from all quarters towards the middle, which would make the whole compound rest in a poise

4. A regulating power; that which balances.

Men of an unbounded imagination often want the poise of judgment.

POISE, verb transitive poiz.

1. To balance in weight; to make of equal weight; as, to poise the scales of a balance.

2. To hold or place in equilibrium or equiponderance.

Our nation with united interest blest,

Not now content to poise shall sway the rest.

3. To load with weight for balancing.

Where could they find another form so fit,

To poise with solid sense a sprightly wit?

4. To examine or ascertain, as by the balance; to weigh.

He cannot consider the strength, poise the weight, and discern the evidence of the clearest argumentations, where they would conclude against his desires.

5. To oppress; to weigh down.

Lest leaden slumber poise me down to-morrow,

When I should mount on wings of victory.

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