Definitions for: Pose


[n] a deliberate pretense or exaggerated display
[n] affected manners intended to impress others; "don't put on airs with me"
[v] be a mystery or bewildering to; "This beats me!"; "Got me--I don't know the answer!"; "a vexing problem"
[v] pretend to be someone you are not; sometimes with fraudulent intentions; "She posed as the Czar's daughter"
[v] put into a certain place or abstract location; "Put your things here"; "Set the tray down"; "Set the dogs on the scent of the missing children"; "Place emphasis on a certain point"
[v] as for artistic purposes; "We don't know the woman who posed for Leonardo so often"
[v] behave affectedly in order to impress others; "Don't pay any attention to him--he is always posing to impress his peers!"
[v] introduce; "This poses an interesting question"



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.


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.


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.


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.

He . . . posed before her as a hero. --Thackeray.


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.

2. To question with a view to puzzling; to embarrass by
questioning or scrutiny; to bring to a stand.

A question wherewith a learned Pharisee thought to
pose and puzzle him. --Barrow.

Synonyms: affectation, airs, amaze, baffle, beat, bewilder, dumbfound, flummox, get, gravel, impersonate, lay, mannerism, model, mystify, nonplus, perplex, personate, place, position, posture, present, put, puzzle, set, sit, stupefy, vex

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