• WordNet 3.6
    • v pose be a mystery or bewildering to "This beats me!","Got me--I don't know the answer!","a vexing problem","This question really stuck me"
    • v pose pretend to be someone you are not; sometimes with fraudulent intentions "She posed as the Czar's daughter"
    • v pose 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 pose assume a posture as for artistic purposes "We don't know the woman who posed for Leonardo so often"
    • v pose behave affectedly or unnaturally in order to impress others "Don't pay any attention to him--he is always posing to impress his peers!","She postured and made a total fool of herself"
    • v pose introduce "This poses an interesting question"
    • n pose a deliberate pretense or exaggerated display
    • n pose affected manners intended to impress others "don't put on airs with me"
    • n pose a posture assumed by models for photographic or artistic purposes
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The three small children pose with two dogs The three small children pose with two dogs

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The German Kaiser Wilhelm II had a withered arm and often hid the fact by posing with his hand resting on a sword, or by holding gloves.
    • n Pose A cold in the head; catarrh.
    • a Posé (Her) Standing still, with all the feet on the ground; -- said of the attitude of a lion, horse, or other beast.
    • n Pose 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.
    • v. i Pose 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."
    • Pose To interrogate; to question. "She . . . posed him and sifted him."
    • v. t Pose 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 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pose A cold in the head; catarrh.
    • pose To put; place; set.
    • pose To put by way of supposition or hypothesis; suppose.
    • pose To lay down as a proposition; state; posit.
    • pose To place in suitable or becoming position or posture; cause to assume a suitable or effective attitude: as, to pose a person for a portrait.
    • pose To bear; conduct.
    • pose To make a supposition; put the case.
    • pose To assume a particular attitude or rôle; endeavor to appear or be regarded (as something else); attitudinize, literally or figuratively: as, to pose as a model; to pose as a martyr.
    • n pose Attitude or position, whether taken naturally or assumed for effect: as, the pose of an actor; especially, the attitude in which any character is represented artistically; the position, whether of the whole person or of an individual member of the body: as, the pose of a statue; the pose of the head. In physiology the pose of a muscle is the latent period between the stimulation of a muscle-fiber and its contraction.
    • n pose A deposit; a secret hoard.
    • n pose Synonyms Position, Attitude, etc. See posture.
    • pose To put questions to; interrogate closely; question; examine.
    • pose To puzzle, nonplus, or embarrass by a difficult question.
    • pose At dominoes, to set (the first domino).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pose pōz a position: an attitude, either natural or assumed
    • v.i Pose to assume an attitude
    • v.t Pose to put in a suitable attitude: to posit
    • v.t Pose pōz to puzzle: to perplex by questions: to bring to a stand
    • adj Pose po-zā′ (her.) standing still.
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  • Fanny Brice
    Fanny Brice
    “Let the world know you as you are, not as you think you should be, because sooner or later, if you are posing, you will forget the pose, and then where are you?”
  • H. R. Trevor-Roper
    H. R. Trevor-Roper
    “The function of genius is not to give new answers, but to pose new questions which time and mediocrity can resolve.”
  • Ronald Knox
    Ronald Knox
    “The hall-mark of American humor is its pose of illiteracy.”
  • Charles De Gaulle
    “In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant.”
  • Bertrand Russell
    “Mathematics, rightly viewed, poses not only truth, but supreme beauty a beauty cold and austere, like that of sculpture.”
  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
    “Be wary of passing the judgment: obscure. To find something obscure poses no difficulty: elephants and poodles find many things obscure.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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


In literature:

It is easy to say that Byron's sentiment was a pose.
"Suspended Judgments" by John Cowper Powys
Go back to her friends, I s'pose?
"The Riflemen of the Miami" by Edward S. Ellis
Otherwise, I s'pose he wouldn't hold down his job.
"Shoe-Bar Stratton" by Joseph Bushnell Ames
Pose and expression showed that he desired their approval for his approval of their skill.
"Sundry Accounts" by Irvin S. Cobb
What do you s'pose it is?
"The Wall Between" by Sara Ware Bassett
Do you s'pose he really did?
"The Panchronicon" by Harold Steele Mackaye
Those was good place for camp to-night, s'pose we'll all get there and not any of us drowned.
"The Young Alaskans in the Rockies" by Emerson Hough
Couldn't manage, I s'pose, sir, to have us under your command, could you?
"Hunting the Skipper" by George Manville Fenn
It are now Stebbins, I s'pose!
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid
S'pose there'd be no objections to takin' my mother 'long with ye?
"A Budget of Christmas Tales by Charles Dickens and Others" by Various

In poetry:

"you want to see my Pa, I s'pose?"
"Wal…no…I come dasignin'"—
"To see my Ma? She's sprinklin' clo'es
Agin to-morrer's i'nin'."
"The Courtin'" by James Russell Lowell
Amazing Monarch! who at various times,
Posing as Europe's self-appointed saviour,
Afforded copy for our ribald rhymes
By your behaviour;
"Dies Irae " by Sir Owen Seaman
And should he boast he once had seen
As just a form, as bright a mien,
Yet must it still for ever pose him
To match - what Celia never shows him.
"Hint From Voiture" by William Shenstone
Simply she stands at the cathedral’s
great ascent, close to the rose window,
with the apple in the apple-pose,
guiltless-guilty once and for all
"Eve" by Rainer Maria Rilke
A monarch it stands of regnative power,
In a graceful symmetrical pose;
Whose arms weave a fairy, majestical bower
Where wood-nymphs their beauty disclose.
"The Tree Of State" by Jared Barhite
Why, what d'ye tell o'? I be very zorry
To hear what they be gwaïn about;
But yet I s'pose there'll be a 'lotment vor ye,
When they do come to mark it out.
"Eclogue:--The Common A-Took In" by William Barnes

In news:

Bergman and her daughter Rebecca pose together at last year's SkiTam event.
On Thursday afternoon, February 10, 2011 in a meeting room at the Rhode Island Veterans Home in Bristol, RI, former Slater Junior High School and Shea High School principal Tom Duffy, left, poses for a picture with his wife Barbara Duffy.
Anna Yost as Juliet looks beautiful and virginal, and her looks and poses are sufficient to evoke some sympathy for the heroine's plight.
California BSE Dairy Cow Posed No Threat to US Food Supply, Human Health.
Every Saturday night, brides are dragged away in mock abduction by friends, driven to tourist spot and 'held hostage' - while pouting, dancing and striking poses for cameras.
In Egypt's Sinai, violence poses new challenge for peacekeepers.
Leon Miles held the Bloss Bowl trophy as he posed for pictures with teammates.
Its owner told employees of the Jane Goodall Institute, who were posing as buyers, that he had found the creature and was trying to sell it for several hundred dollars.
View full size Jerry McCrea/The Star-Ledger John and Linda Pierson pose with their son, Christopher, 17 (left).
Infants can maneuver out of or fall from the seat, posing a risk of serious injuries.
Police in Millbrae are warning residents about a scam in which the con artists pose as auto body repairmen before ransacking valuables from homes.
The dummy is posed buckling a seatbelt.
Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown poses during an interview at her office in New York in this 1982 photo.
Nick Watney of the United States poses with his trophy after the final of CIMB Classic golf tournament at the Mines Resort and Golf Club in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday, Oct 28, 2012.
Race and sports book director Mike Colbert poses with a wireless tablet at the M Resort on Wednesday, Aug 4, 2010.

In science:

This answers negatively a question posed both by Libman in [Lib2] and Casacuberta in [Cas] about the preservation of simplicity.
Finite simple groups and localization
Let the question associated with P (t) be posed if P (t) reaches a local maximum.
Quantum theory and the role of mind in nature
Thus it is of interest to know whether the ADM equations are well-posed as a system of evolution equations, independent of whether the constraints are satisfied or not.
Applications of the theory of evolution equations to general relativity
This reduced equation has a well-posed Cauchy problem for each fixed value of α.
Applications of the theory of evolution equations to general relativity
With this letter we have posed and answered a basic question: Under the constraint of locality, we ask which pairs of Gaussian states allow for a transformation from one state to the other.
Conditions for the local manipulation of Gaussian states