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poise
used in Brave New World

3 uses
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Definition
calm and in control — as in "shows poise under pressure"

and/or:

prepared for action — as in "poised for action" — (sometimes suspended or hovering as in "a finger poised over the mute button")

and/or:

confident and graceful in movement — as in "the poise and balance of a dancer"
  • At eight hundred feet Henry slowed down the helicopter screws, and they hung for a minute or two poised above the fading landscape.
    p. 72.9
poised = suspended
  • Like locusts they came, hung poised, descended all around him on the heather.
    p. 255.1
  • poised = suspended
  • Yet another helicopter had arrived from across the Hog's Back, hung poised above the crowd, then dropped within a few yards of where the Savage was standing, in the open space between the line of sightseers and the lighthouse.
    p. 257.0
poised = suspended
There are no more uses of "poise" in Brave New World.

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