poise

If you have poise, you are cool under stress. People with poise can handle pressure without showing it.

If you’re calm while singing the national anthem in front of thirty million people, you’ve got a lot of poise. This is a rare quality people admire. Another meaning is to brace yourself for something difficult, as in: when you hear about a tornado, you're poised for more bad news. You can also be poised as in "on the brink" of something. If you stand on the diving board it could be said you’re poised to take the plunge.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: poise

1
vn
hold or carry in equilibrium
a state of being balanced in a stable equilibrium
2
n
a cgs unit of dynamic viscosity equal to one dyne-second per square centimeter; the viscosity of a fluid in which a force of one dyne per square centimeter maintains a velocity of 1 centimeter per second
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: poise
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v hold or carry in equilibrium

Synonyms:
balance
balance, equilibrate, equilibrise, equilibrize
bring into balance or equilibrium
Types:
juggle
hold with difficulty and balance insecurely
Type of:
bear, carry, hold
support or hold in a certain manner

v cause to be balanced or suspended

Type of:
lay, place, pose, position, put, set
put into a certain place or abstract location

v be motionless, in suspension

“The bird poised for a few moments before it attacked”
Type of:
hover
hang in the air; fly or be suspended above

v prepare (oneself) for something unpleasant or difficult

Synonyms:
brace
Types:
nerve, steel
get ready for something difficult or unpleasant
Type of:
fix, gear up, prepare, ready, set, set up
make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc

n a state of being balanced in a stable equilibrium

Type of:
equilibrium
a stable situation in which forces cancel one another

n great coolness and composure under strain

Synonyms:
aplomb, assuredness, cool, sang-froid
Type of:
calm, calmness, composure, equanimity
steadiness of mind under stress
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n a cgs unit of dynamic viscosity equal to one dyne-second per square centimeter; the viscosity of a fluid in which a force of one dyne per square centimeter maintains a velocity of 1 centimeter per second

Type of:
unit of viscosity
a unit of measurement for viscosity
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