Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Gracefully slender.
  • adj. Graceful.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Slender, thin, lean.
  • adj. Graceful or gracefully slender.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Slender; thin.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Slender; thin; hence, gracefully slight in form, development, or manifestation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. slender and graceful

Etymologies

Latin gracilis.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin gracilis ("slender"). In the “graceful” sense, apparently influenced by the originally unrelated word grace. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Rather similar to 'Ingenia', though more gracile, is Conchoraptor gracilis.

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  • The logical outcome would be two sub-species, "gracile" and "robust" humans similar to the Eloi and Morlocks foretold by HG Wells in his 1895 novel The Time Machine.

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  • The Na'vi are basically ten-foot gracile blue furries, equipped, we are assured, with naturally-occurring carbon-fiber bones so they can do their wire-fu.

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  • The robust form populated the eastern island of Borneo and the gracile the western island of Sumatra.

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  • The robust P. pygmaeus, the more gracile and more upright P. abelii and a third, smaller terrestrial species that we today know as the orang pendek.

    On the trail of the orang pendek, Sumatra's mystery ape | Richard Freeman

  • We do not know why this occurred but the more gracile Sumatran form, and the robust Bornean, separated.

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  • Slick, almost metallic surfaces; contrived elegance; serpentine lines and gracile bodies; cool but vibrant emotions - all the trademarks of Italian mannerism, on view in Gossart before it appears in Italian art.

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  • But these next-gen sentients won't wander in from Africa, as the gracile Cro-Magnons did: They'll roll through the doors of artificial intelligence labs.

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  • It's clear now that this lineage of theropods reaches back at least to the Late Jurassic, and that the smaller, more gracile predecessors of Tyrannosaurus lived alongside such classically Jurassic theropods as Allosaurus and Ceratosaurus.

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  • He records the actor's admirably diligent work on himself, eradicating the accent so strong that Millicent Martin at first took it to be Polish, reading Proust, Ibsen, Stanislavsky's My Life in Art. In a piece of careful research, Bray demonstrates the influence on Connery of the great acting teacher, Yat Malmgren, who focused the Scotsman's natural physical freedom into the gracile ease and expressiveness so characteristic of his Bond.

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