from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The condition or quality of being lithe; flexibility; limberness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The quality or state of being lithe; flexibility; limberness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The property of being lithe.

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

  • noun the gracefulness of a person or animal that is flexible and supple


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  • Her eyes and hair, beneath a wife's kerchief, and the white gown that hugged her litheness were the only things bright, anywhere around.

    Time Patrolman

  • As he swung over the rail and stepped on deck a hint of catlike litheness showed in the apparently heavy body.


  • She watched for Mrs. Higgins 'return, and knew that the litheness and grace had not been imagined.


  • He broke surface, was hailed by the others to join in bull-in-the-ring; in which strenuous sport, for the next half hour, he was compelled more than once to marvel at the litheness and agility, as well as strategy, of Paula in her successful efforts at escaping through the ring.


  • Saxon had not failed to note the litheness and grace in that lean and withered body.


  • Though her costumes also do her little favors, the agility and litheness of her voice carries everyone along, regardless of their sins.

    (Not) All is Forgiven

  • A woman, she guessed; the figure wore a muffling cloak, too heavy for the weather, but its loose folds failed to hide a certain litheness of body, or the hip-swaying grace of her walk.


  • Long-limbed, deep-chested, broad-shouldered, his every motion betokened his iron strength and cat-like litheness.

    Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror: Sword Woman - Robert E. Howard

  • The weight had been excruciating to bear, but only to better suggest the litheness of her movements picked out in such a deep, thickened sound.

    Knell Quarternion

  • All three productions have fine conductors who match the theatrical vibe the directors have created -- Istvan Kertesz a model of balance and appropriate tempos in "Zauberflöte," Zubin Mehta keeping things moving in "Entführung" but knowing when to let a phrase hang in the air to underscore Strehler's elegant compositions, and a startlingly young-looking Lorin Maazel lending "Figaro" an airy speed and litheness not out-of-keeping with current notions of how this score should go.

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