Pronunciation: (poizd), [key]
1. (of a person) composed, dignified, and self-assured.
2. being in balance or equilibrium: a balloon poised on the nose of a seal.
3. teetering or wavering: to be poised on the brink of disaster.
4. hovering or suspended in or as in midair: a bird poised in flight; a helicopter poised overhead.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.