Definitions

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  • adv. In a silken manner.

Etymologies

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silken +‎ -ly

Examples

  • An executioner and a nun did a pas de deux, a round of simple circling steps, and then the others gradually joined, the skeleton men and raven women, and in the end it was a graceful pavane they did, courtly and deadly and slow, with gestures so deliberate they seemed acted as well as danced, and Clyde saw his young partner move silkenly in their midst.

    Underworld

  • Her blonde hair no longer flowed silkenly to her waist; it was shorter and styled in a sophisticated French sweep.

    Separate Cabins

  • The centaurs were expert spinners and weavers, and their products varied from silkenly fine cloth to heavy ruglike mats.

    Centaur Aisle

  • "There are times," Omne said silkenly, "when one may prefer one's enemies to one's allies."

    The Fate of the Phoenix

  • As the train slipped silkenly away, the Gomez seemed slow and clumsy, and the strain of driving intolerable.

    Free Air

  • But when past forty, and his hair was turning to silver, and crow's-feet were showing themselves in his fine face, and when there was a halt in his step and his laughter had died away into a weary smile, he met a woman whose nature was as finely sensitive and as silkenly strong as his own.

    Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great

  • Oh yes, the whole of the sweetness is distilled into one honey-drop -- the whole giant thing is shortened into one image -- the whole heaven and earth slip silkenly into one banner, and you would die for it!

    Foes

  • A briny Penn Cove oyster, one of six varieties on the menu that day, was silkenly sublime.

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  • William Wrenn on a bit of wrapping-paper (which he guiltily burned in an ash-tray); washed his face with water which he let run for a minute to cool; sat down before his table with a grunt of content; went back and washed his hands; fiercely threw off the bourgeois encumbrances of coat and collar; sat down again; got up to straighten a picture; picked up his pen; laid it down, and glowed as he thought of Nelly, slumbering there, near at hand, her exquisite cheek nestling silkenly against her arm, perhaps, and her white dreams —

    Our Mr. Wrenn

  • William Wrenn on a bit of wrapping-paper (which he guiltily burned in an ash-tray); washed his face with water which he let run for a minute to cool; sat down before his table with a grunt of content; went back and washed his hands; fiercely threw off the bourgeois encumbrances of coat and collar; sat down again; got up to straighten a picture; picked up his pen; laid it down, and glowed as he thought of Nelly, slumbering there, near at hand, her exquisite cheek nestling silkenly against her arm, perhaps, and her white dreams --

    Our Mr. Wrenn, the Romantic Adventures of a Gentle Man

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