What does the word poise mean?

Usage examples for poise

  1. His quiet poise was departing, and he longed for the stern, fierce excitement of active service. – His Sombre Rivals by E. P. Roe
  2. But the poise of her head suggested native pride and dignity; her eyes were deep, and full of changing lights; the scarlet dress, loose as it was, showed rich curves in her figure, and her movements had a certain childlike grace. – A Cumberland Vendetta by John Fox, Jr.
  3. The fish- girls, with their distinctive costumes, their bare feet, and the graceful poise of the heavy basket of fish on their heads, are a very characteristic feature of both towns. – Spanish Life in Town and Country by L. Higgin and Eugène E. Street