from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Readily bent; pliant.
- adj. Moving and bending with agility; limber.
- adj. Yielding or changing readily; compliant or adaptable. See Synonyms at flexible.
- transitive v. To make or become supple.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. pliant, easy to bend
- adj. lithe and agile when moving and bending
- adj. flexible and compliant
- v. To make or become supple.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Pliant; flexible; easily bent.
- adj. Yielding compliant; not obstinate; submissive to guidance.
- adj. Bending to the humor of others; flattering; fawning; obsequious.
- intransitive v. To become soft and pliant.
- transitive v. To make soft and pliant; to render flexible.
- transitive v. To make compliant, submissive, or obedient.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pliant; flexible; easily bent: as, supple joints; supple fingers.
- Yielding; compliant; not obstinate.
- Capable of adapting one's self to the wishes and opinions of others; bending to the humor of others; obsequious; fawning; also, characterized by such obsequiousness, as words and acts.
- Tending to make pliant or pliable; soothing.
- Synonyms Lithe, limber, lissome.
- To make supple; make pliant; render flexible: as, to supple leather.
- To make compliant, submissive, humble, or yielding.
- Specifically, to train (a saddle-horse) by making him yield with docility to the rein, bending his neck to left or right at the slightest pressure.
- To soothe.
- To become soft and pliant.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. (used of e.g. personality traits) readily adaptable
- adj. (used of persons' bodies) capable of moving or bending freely
- v. make pliant and flexible
- adj. moving and bending with ease
Like the idea of the Creator, the reasons for their prevalence across the region is rooted in supple yet enduring epistemologies deriving from early Niger-Congo history.
If you realize you added too much flour, add some more milk (1 tbsp at a time), until the dough is again supple and easy to handle.
These treatments, however, are in short supple due to a significant dearth of democracy resulting from socially and politically entrenched power inequalities and hegemonic ideologies.
It is lighter, and fluffier than the purple (Day 3 Store Bought Lotion) bar and leaves the skin supple and soft.
Researchers developed a new cosmetic agent to make skin supple, state-run media boasted.
Cory Doctorow is building a reputation as a writer who consistently delivers unpredictable stories in supple, evocative prose.
These wigwams were built of branches of trees placed in a circle, which are bound at the top by a kind of creeper called supple-jack.
When our settlers landed, there was not a single acre clear of wood in the island, and the trees were so bound together by that kind of creeping shrub called supple jack, interwoven in all directions, as to render it very difficult to penetrate far among them.
The goal was to come up with a nanometal that was strong enough, hard enough and "supple" enough to resist fatigue failure and wear in advanced applications.
As a physicist, Polkinghorne sees a universe that is "supple" and "subtle" -- a mix of determinism and of freedom -- and this informs his imagination about the nature of God, what happens when we die, and what happens when he prays.