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poise
used in As I Lay Dying

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

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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"
  • He sits lightly, poised, upright, wooden-faced in the saddle, the broken hat raked at a swaggering angle.
    Section 27 — Darl (10) (82% in)
poised = in control and prepared to move as needed
There are no more uses of "poise" flagged with this meaning in As I Lay Dying.

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  • He sits erect, poised, looking quietly and steadily and quickly this way and that, his face calm, a little pale, alert.
    Section 34 — Darl (12) (10% in)
  • The sun, an hour above the horizon, is poised like a bloody egg upon a crest of thunderheads; the light has turned copper: in the eye portentous, in the nose sulphurous, smelling of lightning.
    Section 10 — Darl (4) (72% in)
  • Then the downstream one vanishes, dragging the other with him; the wagon sheers crosswise, poised on the crest of the ford as the log strikes it, tilting it up and on.
    Section 34 — Darl (12) (90% in)

There are no more uses of "poise" in As I Lay Dying.

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