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Poise

[n] great coolness and composure under strain; "keep your cool"
[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
[n] a state of being balanced in a stable equilibrium
[v] hold or carry in equilibrium
[v] cause to be balanced or suspended
[v] prepare (oneself) for something unpleasant or difficult
[v] be motionless, in suspension; "The bird poised for a few moments before it attacked"


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