1 (not before noun) not moving but ready to move or do something at any moment
(+ for/on etc): She saw Matthew poised on the board for a swift, controlled racing dive. | poised to do sth: He was waiting with the door open, poised to jump, as the train pulled into the station.
2 (not before noun) completely ready to do or achieve something, and about to do it: poised to do sth: At this point, Spain was poised to become the dominant power in Europe.
3 (not before noun) not moving and seeming to hang in the air
(+ over/above etc): Noriko was holding her chopsticks poised in the air, as though waiting for me to say something. | Stanley's hand remained poised over the open box as the footsteps came closer.
4 (not before noun) in a position in which two things have an equally strong influence
(+ between): The tone of the book is poised between comedy and moral seriousness.
5 behaving in a calm, confident way, and able to control your feelings and reactions: Abbey walked to the microphone, poised and smiling.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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