Webster 1913 Edition
poids, fr. L.
pensuma portion weighed out,
pendereto weigh, weigh out. Cf.
[Formerly written also
Weight; gravity; that which causes a body to descend; heaviness.“Weights of an extraordinary poise.”
The weight, or mass of metal, used in weighing, to balance the substance weighed.
The state of being balanced by equal weight or power; equipoise; balance; equilibrium; rest.
That which causes a balance; a counterweight.
Men of unbounded imagination often want the
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
peisen, OF. & F.
peser, to weigh, balance, OF. il
poise, he weighs, F. il
pèse, fr. L.
pensare, v. intens. fr.
pendereto weigh. See
, and cf.
[Formerly written also
To balance; to make of equal weight;
poisethe scales of a balance
To hold or place in equilibrium or equiponderance.
Nor yet was earth suspended in the sky;
poised, did on her own foundation lie.
To counterpoise; to counterbalance.
One scale of reason to
poiseanother of sensuality.
poisewith solid sense a sprightly wit.
To ascertain, as by the balance; to weigh.
He can not sincerely consider the strength,
poisethe weight, and discern the evidence.
To weigh (down); to oppress.
Lest leaden slumber
peiseme down to-morrow.
To hang in equilibrium; to be balanced or suspended; hence, to be in suspense or doubt.
The slender, graceful spars
Poisealoft in air.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.Weight; gravity; that which causes a body to descend or tend to the center.
2.The weight or mass of metal used in weighing with steelyards, to balance the substance weighed.
3.Balance; equilibrium; a state in which things are balanced by equal weight or power; equipoise. The mind may rest in a poise between two opinions.
The particles forming the earth, must convene from all quarters towards the middle, which would make the whole compound rest in a poise.
4.A regulating power; that which balances.
Men of an unbounded imagination often want the poise of judgment.
1.To balance in weight; to make of equal weight; as, to poise the scales of a balance.
2.To hold or place in equilibrium or equiponderance.
Our nation with united interest blest,
Not now content to poise, shall sway the rest.
3.To load with weight for balancing.
Where could they find another form so fit,
To poise with solid sense a sprightly wit?
4.To examine or ascertain, as by the balance; to weigh.
He cannot consider the strength, poise the weight, and discern the evidence of the clearest argumentations, where they would conclude against his desires.
5.To oppress; to weigh down.
Lest leaden slumber poise me down to-morrow,
When I should mount on wings of victory.