Poise vs. Pose

Poise vs. Pose — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Poise and Pose

Poiseverb

To carry or hold in equilibrium; balance

I poised the pencil on the edge of the table.

Poseverb

To set forth in words for consideration; propound

pose a question.

Poiseverb

To cause to be ready or about to do something

She is poised to win the nomination.

Poseverb

To present or constitute

a crisis that posed a threat to the country's stability.

Poiseverb

To be balanced or held in suspension

She poised at the end of the diving board.

Poseverb

To place (a model, for example) in a specific position.

Poisenoun

Confident composure; self-possession

answered the reporters' questions with poise.

Poseverb

To assume or hold a particular position or posture, as in sitting for a portrait.

Poisenoun

Bearing of the body, especially when graceful

a ballerina's poise.

Poseverb

To represent oneself falsely; pretend to be other than what one is

conmen posing as police officers.

Poisenoun

A centimeter-gram-second unit of dynamic viscosity equal to one dyne-second per square centimeter.

Poseverb

To puzzle, confuse, or baffle.

Poisenoun

(obsolete) Weight; an amount of weight, the amount something weighs.

Posenoun

A bodily attitude or position, such as one assumed for an artist or a photographer.

Poisenoun

The weight, or mass of metal, used in weighing, to balance the substance weighed.

Posenoun

In yoga, an asana.

Poisenoun

That which causes a balance; a counterweight.

Posenoun

A studied or artificial manner or attitude, often assumed in an attempt to impress or deceive others.

Poisenoun

A state of balance, equilibrium or stability.

Posenoun

(archaic) Common cold, head cold; catarrh.

Poisenoun

Composure; freedom from embarrassment or affectation.

Posenoun

Position, posture, arrangement (especially of the human body).

Please adopt a more graceful pose for my camera.

Poisenoun

Mien; bearing or deportment of the head or body.

Posenoun

Affectation.

Poisenoun

A condition of hovering, or being suspended.

Poseverb

(transitive) To place in an attitude or fixed position, for the sake of effect.

To pose a model for a picture.

Poisenoun

(physics) A cgs unit of dynamic viscosity equal to one dyne-second per square centimeter.

Poseverb

(transitive) To ask; to set (a test, quiz, riddle, etc.).

Poiseverb

(obsolete) To hang in equilibrium; to be balanced or suspended; hence, to be in suspense or doubt.

Poseverb

(transitive) To constitute (a danger, a threat, a risk, etc.).

Poiseverb

(obsolete) To counterpoise; to counterbalance.

Poseverb

(intransitive) To assume or maintain a pose; to strike an attitude.

Poiseverb

(obsolete) To be of a given weight; to weigh.

Poseverb

(intransitive) To behave affectedly in order to attract interest or admiration.

Poiseverb

(obsolete) To add weight to, to weigh down.

Poseverb

To interrogate; to question.

Poiseverb

To hold (something) with or against something else in equilibrium; to balance, counterpose.

Poseverb

To question with a view to puzzling; to embarrass by questioning or scrutiny; to bring to a stand.

Poiseverb

To hold (something) in equilibrium, to hold balanced and ready; to carry (something) ready to be used.

I poised the crowbar in my hand, and waited.to poise the scales of a balance

Poseverb

(obsolete) To ask (someone) questions; to interrogate.

Poiseverb

To keep (something) in equilibrium; to hold suspended or balanced.

The rock was poised precariously on the edge of the cliff.

Poseverb

to puzzle, non-plus, or embarrass with difficult questions.

Poiseverb

To ascertain, as if by balancing; to weigh.

Poseverb

To perplex or confuse (someone).

Poisenoun

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

Posenoun

affected manners intended to impress others;

don't put on airs with me

Poisenoun

a state of being balanced in a stable equilibrium

Posenoun

a posture assumed by models for photographic or artistic purposes

Poisenoun

great coolness and composure under strain;

keep your cool

Posenoun

a deliberate pretense or exaggerated display

Poiseverb

be motionless, in suspension;

The bird poised for a few moments before it attacked

Poseverb

introduce;

This poses an interesting question

Poiseverb

prepare (oneself) for something unpleasant or difficult

Poseverb

assume a posture as for artistic purposes;

We don't know the woman who posed for Leonardo so often

Poiseverb

cause to be balanced or suspended

Poseverb

pretend to be someone you are not; sometimes with fraudulent intentions;

She posed as the Czar's daughter

Poiseverb

hold or carry in equilibrium

Poseverb

behave affectedly or unnaturally in order to impress others;

Don't pay any attention to him--he is always posing to impress his peers!She postured and made a total fool of herself

Poseverb

put into a certain place or abstract location;

Put your things hereSet the tray downSet the dogs on the scent of the missing childrenPlace emphasis on a certain point

Poseverb

be a mystery or bewildering to;

This beats me!Got me--I don't know the answer!a vexing problemThis question really stuck me