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Definitions of Supple

Pronunciation : Sup"ple
Part of Speech : a.
Etymology : [OE. souple, F. souple, from L. supplex suppliant, perhaps originally, being the knees. Cf. Supplicate.]
Definition : 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.
Source : Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, 1913

Pronunciation : Sup"ple
Part of Speech : v.
Definition : 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.

t. [imp. & p. p. Suppled; p. pr. & vb. n. Suppling.]
Source : Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, 1913

Pronunciation : Sup"ple
Part of Speech : v.
Definition : Defn: To become soft and pliant. The stones . . . Suppled into softness as they fell. Dryden.

Source : Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, 1913

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