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.

Definitions of poise
  1. verb
    hold or carry in equilibrium
    synonyms: balance
    balance, equilibrate, equilibrise, equilibrize
    bring into balance or equilibrium
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    types:
    juggle
    hold with difficulty and balance insecurely
    type of:
    bear, carry, hold
    support or hold in a certain manner
  2. verb
    cause to be balanced or suspended
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    lay, place, pose, position, put, set
    put into a certain place or abstract location
  3. verb
    be motionless, in suspension
    “The bird poised for a few moments before it attacked”
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    type of:
    hover
    hang in the air; fly or be suspended above
  4. verb
    prepare (oneself) for something unpleasant or difficult
    synonyms: brace
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    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
  5. noun
    a state of being balanced in a stable equilibrium
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    equilibrium
    a stable situation in which forces cancel one another
  6. noun
    great coolness and composure under strain
    synonyms: aplomb, assuredness, cool, sang-froid
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    type of:
    calm, calmness, composure, equanimity
    steadiness of mind under stress
  7. noun
    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
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    type of:
    unit of viscosity
    a unit of measurement for viscosity
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