Pose (?), n. [AS. gepose; of
uncertain origin; cf. W. pas a cough, Skr. kās to
cough, and E. wheeze.] A cold in the head; catarrh.
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
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
Pose, v. t. [Shortened from
appose, for oppose. See 2d Appose,
Oppose.] 1. To interrogate; to
question. [Obs.] "She . . . posed him and sifted him."
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.