(obsolete) Weight; an amount of weight, the amount something weighs.
* 1590 , Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene , I.xii:
The weight, or mass of metal, used in weighing, to balance the substance weighed.
That which causes a balance; a counterweight.
- as an huge rockie clift, / Whose false foundation waues haue washt away, / With dreadfull poyse is from the mayneland rift, / [...] So downe he fell [...].
A state of balance, equilibrium or stability
- Men of unbounded imagination often want the poise of judgment.
composure; freedom from embarrassment or affectation
mien; bearing or deportment of the head or body
A condition of hovering, or being suspended
(physics) A cgs unit of dynamic viscosity equal to one dyne-second per square centimeter.
(obsolete) To hang in equilibrium; to be balanced or suspended; hence, to be in suspense or doubt.
(obsolete) To counterpoise; to counterbalance.
- The slender, graceful spars / Poise aloft in air.
- one scale of reason to poise another of sensuality
(obsolete) To be of a given weight; to weigh.
(obsolete) To add weight to, to weigh down.
- to poise with solid sense a sprightly wit
* 1597 , William Shakespeare, Romeo & Juliet , I.2:
- Every man poiseth upon his fellowes sinne, and elevates his owne.
To hold (something) in equilibrium, to hold balanced and ready; to carry (something) ready to be used.
- you saw her faire none els being by, / Her selfe poysd with her selfe in either eye.
- I poised the crowbar in my hand, and waited.
- to poise the scales of a balance
To keep (something) in equilibrium; to hold suspended or balanced.
- Nor yet was earth suspended in the sky; / Nor poised , did on her own foundation lie.
To ascertain, as if by balancing; to weigh.
- The rock was poised precariously on the edge of the cliff.
- He cannot sincerely consider the strength, poise the weight, and discern the evidence.
A quality or state worthy of esteem and respect.
* 1752 , (Henry Fielding), , I. viii
* 1981 , African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights , art. 5
- He uttered this ... with great majesty, or, as he called it, dignity .
* 2008 , Federal Ethics Committee on Non-Human Biotechnology (ECNH) [Switzerland]
- Every individual shall have the right to the respect of the dignity inherent in a human being.
Decorum, formality, stateliness.
* 1934 , Aldous Huxley, "Puerto Barrios", in Beyond the Mexique Bay :
- 'The dignity' of living beings with regard to plants: Moral consideration of plants for their own sake', 3: ... the ECNH has been expected to make proposals from an ethical perspective to concretise the constitutional term ' dignity of living beings with regard to plants.
Dignity of Plants
High office, rank, or station.
* 1781 , Edward Gibbon, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire , F. III. 231:
- Official DIGNITY tends to increase in inverse ratio to the importance of the country in which the office is held.
[Columbia World of Quotations 1996.]
- He ... distributed the civil and military dignities among his favourites and followers.
One holding high rank; a dignitary.
* Bible, Jude 8.
- And the king said, What honour and dignity hath been done to Mordecai for this?
(obsolete) Fundamental principle; axiom; maxim.
* Sir Thomas Browne
- These filthy dreamers speak evil of dignities .
- Sciences concluding from dignities , and principles known by themselves.
* augustness, humanness, nobility, majesty, grandeur, glory, superiority, wonderfulness