to be in a position or situation in which two things have an equally strong influence:
The world stood poised between peace and war.
4behaving in a calm, confident way, and able to control your feelings and reactions:
Abigail walked to the microphone, poised and confident.
WORD FOCUS: confident WORD FOCUS: confident confident about your abilities:confident, self-confident, sure of yourself, assured, poised too confident:overconfident, cocky, brash not confident:lack confidence, be insecure, be unsure of yourself ➔ See alsoconfident
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.