To better see all uses of the word
please enable javascript.

Used In
Show Multiple Meanings (Less common than this sense)
Go to Book Vocabulary
Go to Word Detail
  • He was dashing and dejected, poised and chagrined.
  • He had never witnessed such heroic poise before.
  • The colonel lifted the box of matches, took one out and held it poised against the striking surface, watching with glowering eyes for the chaplain’s next sign of defiance.
  • Nately was unnerved by her torpid indifference to him, by the same sleepy and inert poise that he remembered so vivdly, so sweetly, and so miserably from the first time she had seen him and ignored him at the packed penny-ante blackjack game in the living room of the enlisted men’s apartment.
  • Yossarian had so many ailments to be afraid of that he was sometimes tempted to turn himself in to the hospital for good and spend the rest of his life stretched out there inside an oxygen tent with a battery of specialists and nurses seated at one side of his bed twenty-four hours a day waiting for something to go wrong and at least one surgeon with a knife poised at the other, ready to jump forward and begin cutting away the moment it became necessary.

  • There are no more uses of "poise" in the book.

    Show samples from other sources
  • She has great charm and great poise.
  • The once self-conscious girl is now a woman with considerable poise.

  • Go to more samples
Show Multiple Meanings (Less common than this sense)
Go to Book Vocabulary . . . enhancing vocabulary while reading