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Meaning of SUPPLE

Pronunciation:  'supul

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [adj]  (used of persons' bodies) capable of moving or bending freely
  2. [adj]  (used of e.g. personality traits) readily adaptable; "a supple mind"; "a limber imagination"
  3. [adj]  gracefully slender; moving and bending with ease
  4. [v]  make pliant and flexible, as of leather and skins; "These boots are not yet suppled by frequent use"
 

SUPPLE is a 6 letter word that starts with S.

 

 Synonyms: flexible, flexile, graceful, limber, lissom, lissome, lithe, lithesome, slender, svelte, sylphlike
 
 See Also: alter, change

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Sup"ple\, a. [OE. souple, F. souple, from L. supplex
    suppliant, perhaps originally, being the knees. Cf.
    {Supplicate}.]
    1. Pliant; flexible; easily bent; as, supple joints; supple
       fingers.
    
    2. Yielding compliant; not obstinate; submissive to guidance;
       as, a supple horse.
    
             If punishment . . . makes not the will supple, it
             hardens the offender.                 --Locke.
    
    3. Bending to the humor of others; flattering; fawning;
       obsequious. --Addison.
    
    Syn: Pliant; flexible; yielding; compliant; bending;
         flattering; fawning; soft.
    
    
  2. \Sup"ple\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Suppled}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Suppling}.]
    1. To make soft and pliant; to render flexible; as, to supple
       leather.
    
             The flesh therewith she suppled and did steep.
                                                   --Spenser.
    
    2. To make compliant, submissive, or obedient.
    
             A mother persisting till she had bent her daughter's
             mind and suppled her will.            --Locke.
    
             They should supple our stiff willfulness. --Barrow.
    
    
  3. \Sup"ple\, v. i.
    To become soft and pliant.
    
          The stones . . . Suppled into softness as they fell.
                                                   --Dryden.
    
    
 

 

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