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Air poise


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Air poise An instrument to measure the weight of air.
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  • Alexander Chase
    Alexander Chase
    “Lovers of air travel find it exhilarating to hang poised between the illusion of immortality and the fact of death.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Poise


In literature:

But the thing whirred up into the air, and hung poised on its wings a moment, and then settled down again by Tom quite fearless.
"The Water-Babies" by Charles Kingsley
He glanced up at Miela, poised in the air above him, and saw the weapon in her hand.
"The Fire People" by Ray Cummings
He kept the dirty cloth poised in mid-air.
"The House with the Green Shutters" by George Douglas Brown
After the finishing hand was put to the work, the workman himself poised his own body upon the two wings, and hung suspended in the beaten air.
"The Metamorphoses of Ovid" by Publius Ovidius Naso
Seeing Peter slowly advancing upon him through the air with dagger poised, he sprang upon the bulwarks to cast himself into the sea.
"Peter and Wendy" by James Matthew Barrie
Their plates were poised in the air and the bits of bacon and stale bread were untouched.
"Hester's Counterpart" by Jean K. Baird
As it hung poised high up in the air it gradually lost its dazzling glow and became scarlet instead of white.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, March 1930" by Various
She started and looked up, her scissors poised in the air.
"The Twins of Suffering Creek" by Ridgwell Cullum
Never mind; the pitcher stays poised in mid-air.
"Common Science" by Carleton W. Washburne
The rainbow poised in air on unsubstantial wings.
"Graham's Magazine Vol XXXIII No. 4 October 1848" by Various
There, poised with one foot in the air, stood an antelope.
"The Pony Rider Boys in Alaska" by Frank Gee Patchin
The word came from El Chaparrito, who ever watched the Empire as a hawk poised in mid-air.
"The Missourian" by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
The Farmer held the club poised in the air; down it came crack!
"The Talking Thrush" by William Crooke
He poised it in the air for the fraction of a second.
"The Vision of Elijah Berl" by Frank Lewis Nason
The moment before their flight through the air they are poised upon the rocky pedestals, like the Medicean Venus.
"Los Gringos" by H. A. (Henry Agustus) Wise
Hence, by lifting his head and poising his dirk high in air, he asked of Caesar his Imperial will.
"Triplanetary" by Edward Elmer Smith
All this could not have taken more time than does the lightning to fly across the heavens; for still the dagger stayed poised in the air.
"With Ring of Shield" by Knox Magee
Overhead, the air-car hovered, its peltasts stationed there in the event of trouble, their slings poised.
"Quest of the Golden Ape" by Ivar Jorgensen
They shoot up to a good height like rockets, burst into brilliant light, poise in mid-air and gradually shimmer down and out.
"The Romance of the Red Triangle" by Arthur Keysall Yapp
He viewed it with grateful astonishment, but David, poising his cup, looked across at his guest with a puzzled air.
"The Garden of Eden" by Max Brand

In poetry:

I have a daughter,
Claïs fair,
Poised like a golden flower in the air,
Lydian treasures her limbs outshine
(Claïs, beloved one,
Claïs mine!)
"Claïs" by Sappho
So, poised in clean Andean air,
Where bleak with cliffs the grim peaks stare,
Christ, reaching out his sacred hands,
Sheds his brave peace upon the lands.
"The Christ Of The Andes" by Edwin Markham
For right ahead lay the Ship of the Dead,
The ghostly Carmilhan!
Her masts were stripped, her yards were bare,
And on her bowsprit, poised in air,
Sat the Klaboterman.
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 2. The Musician's Tale; The Ballad of Carmilhan - IV. " by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Thou makest the birds to sing on the tree,
Also by meadow, mountain, and lea;
And the lark high poised up in air,
Carolling its little song with its heart free from care.
"The Beautiful Sun" by William Topaz McGonagall
Or poised upon some cedar twig he swings,
Or winnows th' buxom air, his music rings:
On snow-tip pinions spread, along he flies,
His descant sounds the blue ethereal skies.
"Spring" by George Hannibal Temple
Then a booth of mountebanks,
With its smell of tan and planks,
And a girl poised high in air
On a cord, in spangled dress,
With a faded loveliness,
And a weary look of care.
"The Ropewalk. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The First)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In news:

Now, it seems, U2 is poised to rise from the level of mere platinum groups to the more rarefied air above.