Both Uses of
To Kill a Mockingbird
- Our activities halted when any of the neighbors appeared, and once I saw Miss Maudie Atkinson staring across the street at us, her hedge clippers poised in midair.
p. 53..5poised = suspended
- This practice allegedly overcame a variety of evils: standing in front of his fellows encouraged good posture and gave a child poise; delivering a short talk made him word-conscious; learning his current event strengthened his memory; being singled out made him more than ever anxious to return to the Group.
p. 326..9 *poise = composure or grace
(poise) calm and in control -- as in "shows poise under pressure"
prepared for action -- as in "poised for action" -- (sometimes suspended or hovering as in "a finger poised over the mute button")
confident and graceful in movement -- as in "the poise and balance of a dancer"