Adjective poised has 2 senses
  1. poised - marked by balance or equilibrium and readiness for action; "a gull in poised flight"; "George's poised hammer"
    unbalanced, imbalanced (indirect, via balanced)
  2. collected, equanimous, poised, self-collected, self-contained, self-possessed - in full control of your faculties; "the witness remained collected throughout the cross-examination"; "perfectly poised and sure of himself"; "more self-contained and more dependable than many of the early frontiersmen"; "strong and self-possessed in the face of trouble"
    Antonym: discomposed (indirect, via composed)
,Verb poise has 4 senses
  1. poise - be motionless, in suspension; "The bird poised for a few moments before it attacked"
    --1 is one way to
    Sample sentence:
    Something is ----ing PP
  2. brace, poise - prepare (oneself) for something unpleasant or difficult
    --2 is one way to fix, prepare, set up, ready, gear up, set
    Derived form: noun poise3
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s somebody
  3. poise - cause to be balanced or suspended
    --3 is one way to
    put, set, place, pose, position, lay
    Derived form: noun poise2
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Something ----s something
    Somebody ----s somebody PP
    Somebody ----s something PP
  4. poise, balance - hold or carry in equilibrium
    --4 is one way to hold, carry, bear
    Derived form: noun poise2
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s something