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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Heather looked poised and relaxed as she made her way to the stage.
▪ But what was totally unfamiliar was the athleticism and poised stage presence she had achieved in such a short time.
▪ He followed her and Urquhart to where a coolly poised young woman stood by herself, holding but not drinking her madeira.
▪ He was like a large, beautiful cat, poised and motionless, but prepared to leap.
▪ Its poised, out-thrust head gave it the appearance of a cobra, a white cobra.
▪ Jason Hemmings is poised to take over from Howell in goal next season.
▪ Miss Hazelwood stepped up from behind her desk, slender and poised and gripping the tawse.
▪ Now his fortunes are poised to turn full circle again.
▪ She was poised, cheerful even.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

balanced \bal"anced\ adj. being in a state of proper balance or equilibrium; -- opposite of unbalanced. the carefully balanced seesaw a properly balanced symphony orchestra a balanced assessment of intellectual and cultural history a balanced blend of whiskeys the educated man shows a balanced development of all his powers [Narrower terms: counterbalanced, counter-balanced, counterpoised; well-balanced; poised]

  1. 1 Possessing poise, having self-confidence. 2 Ready, prepared. v

  2. (en-past of: poise)

  1. adj. 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]

Usage examples of "poised".

Among the mounds of corpses individual Ansar were feigning death, poised to leap on any unwary victim.

The women were preparing the evening meal as Tarzan of the Apes poised above them in the branches of a giant tree which overhung the palisade at one point.

The functionary who had tried to keep her from seeing General Aur held an archaic particle weapon poised in his hand.

She stood poised on the edge of the limitless plains, facing the benchland of tall grass with its hidden coulees and flat buttes.

Pacific Strategy Again WE LEFT THE PACIFIC WAR at the end of July 1944, with the Battle of the Philippine Sea won, Saipan, Tinian and Guam secured, and General MacArthur in control of Biak and the New Guinea Vogelkopf, poised to cross the Celebes Sea into Mindanao.

His head seemed poised on top of the wall, hairless and bodyless, like Humpty-Dumpty.

He was dealing with the effect of cardamon in all its varieties when he became aware of a silence all along the table and of the Admiral at its head, clearly poised to make an announcement.

Sefris extracted a chakram from its pocket, charged the shed, and sprang through the doorway, hands poised to deflect a missile or blade.

The Conibo was poised on the edge, as if deciding whether to descend into the surrounding sea of marble.

Heaping a miscellany of wood and baskets at the entrance, Vreesar sat poised on a throne made from a cradleboard laid between two stools.

She was uncomfortably aware that Barnes and Dasi kept step, poised to catch her if she stumbled.

The fortress, poised high above the Deccan Plain, seems impregnable, and contains a trap for its attackers.

For a second, Diegan poised, mailed fingers spread flat on the unvarnished door panel.

Stephen looked, and there, poised on the wind like its betters, was a small undistinguished shabby brown albatross, Diomedea fuliginosa.

The waiter swallowed, pen poised over the tablet, ready for the Euclidian translation.