pose


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Pose \Pose\, v. i.
   To assume and maintain a studied attitude, with studied
   arrangement of drapery; to strike an attitude; to
   attitudinize; figuratively, to assume or affect a certain
   character; as, she poses as a prude.
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         He . . . posed before her as a hero.     --Thackeray.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Pos'e \Po`s['e]"\, a. [F., placed, posed.] (Her.)
   Standing still, with all the feet on the ground; -- said of
   the attitude of a lion, horse, or other beast.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Pose \Pose\, n. [AS. gepose; of uncertain origin; cf. W. pas a
   cough, Skr. k[=a]s to cough, and E. wheeze.]
   A cold in the head; catarrh. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Pose \Pose\, n. [F. pose, fr. poser. See Pose, v. t.]
   The attitude or position of a person; the position of the
   body or of any member of the body; especially, a position
   formally assumed for the sake of effect; an artificial
   position; as, the pose of an actor; the pose of an artist's
   model or of a statue.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Pose \Pose\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Posed; p. pr. & vb. n.
   Posing.] [F. poser to place, to put, L. pausare to pause,
   in LL. also, to place, put, fr. L. pausa a pause, Gr. ?, fr.
   ? to make to cease, prob. akin to E. few. In compounds, this
   word appears corresponding to L. ponere to put, place, the
   substitution in French having been probably due to confusion
   of this word with L. positio position, fr. ponere. See Few,
   and cf. Appose, Dispose, Oppose, Pause, Repose,
   Position.]
   To place in an attitude or fixed position, for the sake of
   effect; to arrange the posture and drapery of (a person) in a
   studied manner; as, to pose a model for a picture; to pose a
   sitter for a portrait.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Pose \Pose\, v. t. [Shortened from appose, for oppose. See 2d
   Appose, Oppose.]
   1. To interrogate; to question. [Obs.] "She . . . posed him
      and sifted him." --Bacon.
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   2. To question with a view to puzzling; to embarrass by
      questioning or scrutiny; to bring to a stand.
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            A question wherewith a learned Pharisee thought to
            pose and puzzle him.                  --Barrow.
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