lithe

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj lithe moving and bending with ease
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Lithe Capable of being easily bent; pliant; flexible; limber; as, the elephant's lithe proboscis.
    • Lithe Mild; calm; as, lithe weather.
    • v. t. & i Lithe To listen or listen to; to hearken to.
    • v. t Lithe To smooth; to soften; to palliate.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • lithe Soft; tender; mild; calm; agreeable.
    • lithe Easily bent; pliant; flexible; limber.
    • lithe Pleasant; fine.
    • lithe Synonyms Pliable, supple, willowy.
    • lithe To become calm.
    • lithe To make soft or mild; soften; alleviate; mitigate; lessen.
    • lithe To relax; make less stiff.
    • lithe To give ear; attend; listen.
    • lithe To listen to.
    • lithe To go.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Lithe līth easily bent, flexible, active
    • v.i Lithe līth (obs.) to listen.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. līðe, for linðe, tender, mild, gentle; akin to G. lind, gelind, OHG. lindi, Icel. linr, L. lenis, soft, mild, lentus, flexible, and AS. linnan, to yield. Cf. Lenient
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ice. hlydha, to listen—hljódh, hearing.

Usage

In literature:

Their artists, especially of the later school, sometimes toil to depict such subjects, but are apt to stiffen the lithe tendrils in the process.
"Our Old Home" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Drake was standing by the chimney-piece holding at arm's length a pencil sketch of a woman's beautiful face and lithe figure.
"The Christian A Story" by Hall Caine
After a single tentative trial he jumped lightly to the very centre of his place, with the lithe caution of a cat.
"The Forest" by Stewart Edward White
Boon Hermes gave him litheness.
"Buried Cities, Part 2" by Jennie Hall
Boon Hermes gave him litheness.
"Buried Cities: Pompeii, Olympia, Mycenae" by Jennie Hall
Through the door I could see her among the bushes, her lithe form bending in the quest of blossoms.
"In the Valley" by Harold Frederic
Sound and lithe and quick-handed as he was, he was no match for the Colonel at his best.
"The Magnetic North" by Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond)
Big George, stealing into the room, wondered at the lithe, slender form of the man in the bed.
"Gunman's Reckoning" by Max Brand
Mandy watched her, fascinated as the lithe, strong young figure bent and strained to correct a crease in the web where it turned the roll.
"The Power and the Glory" by Grace MacGowan Cooke
He became lithe and quick.
"Kazan" by James Oliver Curwood
He was a big, lithe, handsome boy, red-faced and curly-haired.
"The Desert of Wheat" by Zane Grey
He was of medium height, with rather narrow shoulders, but upright and lithe.
"The Velvet Glove" by Henry Seton Merriman
On his right was General Rodes, tall, lithe, and soldierly, and on Rodes' right was Major Blackford.
"Stonewall Jackson And The American Civil War" by G. F. R. Henderson
She grew tall, arrowy, lithe, imperial, diligent, neat, thorough, silent.
"The Grandissimes" by George Washington Cable
Lithe and graceful as a young fawn, every movement that she made seemed instinct with melody.
"Love affairs of the Courts of Europe" by Thornton Hall
With lithe, catlike softness, the youth Crau had followed them up the hillside, padding noiselessly in the shadows of the pines and olives.
"Swirling Waters" by Max Rittenberg
She seemed not much above thirty: tall, erect and lithe.
"Christmas" by Various
The motions of his lithe body were unsteady.
"A Pagan of the Hills" by Charles Neville Buck
In the ever-brightening sunlight I could see the lithe figure swaying; no rags imaginable could mask its beauty.
"The Devil Doctor" by Sax Rohmer
The child upon whom so much love is lavished is a tall, lithe boy with a well shaped head.
"Correggio" by Estelle M. Hurll
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In poetry:

Her breath is keen and sweet as nard;
Her limbs move like a stream flowing
Among smooth stones. A lithe young pard
Is not more quick than she to spring
To guard or capture anything.
"Aoede" by Maurice Thompson
While in and out the verses wheel
The wind-caught robes trim feet reveal,
Lithe ankles that to music glide,
But chastely and by chance descried;
Art? Nature? Which do I most feel
As I read on?
"On Receiving A Copy Of Mr. Austin's 'Old World Idylls'" by James Russell Lowell
Go you to them and speak among them thus:
“There were no greater grief than to recall,
Down in the rotting grave where the lithe worms crawl,
Green fields above that smiled so sweet to us.”
"Apology" by C S Lewis
Wyandot's chieftain grave,
Young and lithe, hold and brave,
Stood by Tecumthe, waiting the beginning of the fray;
Tecumthe silence broke,
And thus to him he spoke,
"My brother from this onset I'll never come away.
"Tecumthe" by Nora Pembroke
What though I end like a spring leaf shed on the wind?
Restrained by pure-eyed Sorrow’s hand,
Lithe Joy through this wondrous land
Leads me; nothing have I scanned
Unmixed with good. Fate’s sharpest stroke is kind.
"What Though My Voice Cease Like A Moan O’ The Wind? " by Thomas Runciman
Thou art the go-between of rustic lovers;
Thy white bark has their secrets in its keeping;
Reuben writes here the happy name of Patience,
And thy lithe boughs hang murmuring and weeping
Above her, as she steals the mystery from thy keeping.
"The Birch-Tree" by James Russell Lowell

In news:

When the Hugel family introduced its lithe white called Gentil in 1992, it further burnished its credentials, dating to 1639, as one of Alsace 's preminent producers.
Just in time for swimsuit season, Vogue Italia featured a gorgeous, lithe cover model in a bikini.
Choreographer Allison Orr assembled dancers neither lithe nor acrobatic but with a distinct grace of their own for her latest project.
Sporting fresh beats and a strong, lithe voice, the young, self-managed artist is poised to make tidal waves in the music scene here and abroad.
Henry Peter "Heinie" Van Lith .
Henry Peter "Heinie" Van Lith , age 82, of Buffalo, passed away peacefully Sunday, Oct 19, 2008, one day shy of his 83rd birthday.
He was born Oct 20, 1925, to Henry and Frances (Van Den Elsen) Van Lith in Milbank, SD.
Lithe, graceful, sweet, silly, friendly, smart, and just plain beautiful.
The Magneto 's lithe body and all-purpose usage make it the perfect fit for any workspace.
AFTER 24 years with the New York City Ballet, the last 14 as a principal dancer, Lourdes Lopez knows how to move her lithe body gracefully.
The Physique 57 Workout Want the hard, lithe body of Kelly Ripa or Christy Turlington.
In a silvery-blue jacket and slacks, lithe British actor Julian Sands presented 90 minutes of readings from the poetry of and speeches by Harold Pinter as a fundraiser for the Odyssey Theatre on Sunday, Jan 8.
O proud left foot, that ventures quick within Then soon upon a backward journey lithe.
It's what the Hokey-Pokey would sound like if William Shakespeare wrote it: O. O proud left foot, that ventures quick within Then soon upon a backward journey lithe.
Tree-dwelling tarantulas typically have a lithe build, with thinner bodies and longer legs than other tarantulas .
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In science:

Suquet, (2003) H¨olderian invariance principle for triangular arrays of random variables. (Principe d’invariance H¨olderien pour des tableau triangulaires de variables al´eatoires), Lith.
Asymptotics of Bernoulli random walks, bridges, excursions and meanders with a given number of peaks
The mathematical foundation of ergodic theory is to establish a connection between phase average and time average (van Lith 2001).
Maximum entropy generation in open systems: the Fourth Law?
Modern ergodicity is founded on the concept of measure preserving dynamical systems Γd and on the Birkhoff ’s ergodic theorem (van Lith 2001).
Maximum entropy generation in open systems: the Fourth Law?
Consequently, measurements results as the infinite time averages of phase functions because they take a long time compared to the microscopic relaxation time and, for metrically transitive (= ergodic) systems, measurement results are almost always equal to microcanonical averages (van Lith 2001).
Maximum entropy generation in open systems: the Fourth Law?
Lith, J. 2001 Ergodic Theory, Interpretation of Probability and the Foundation of Statistical Mechanics.
Maximum entropy generation in open systems: the Fourth Law?
The mathematical foundation of ergodic theory is to establish a connection between phase average and time average (van Lith 2001).
Irreversibility and maximum generation in $\kappa$-generalized statistical mechanics
Lith 2001). A probability distribution is stationary if it is constant at all fixed points in Γ, and it reflects the fact that the system is in a steady state.
Irreversibility and maximum generation in $\kappa$-generalized statistical mechanics
Modern ergodicity is founded on the concept of measure preserving dynamical systems Γd and on the Birkhoff ’s ergodic theorem (van Lith 2001).
Irreversibility and maximum generation in $\kappa$-generalized statistical mechanics
Consequently, measurements results as the infinite time averages of phase functions because they take a long time compared to the microscopic relaxation time and, for metrically transitive (= ergodic) systems, measurement results are almost always equal to microcanonical averages (van Lith 2001).
Irreversibility and maximum generation in $\kappa$-generalized statistical mechanics
Lith, J. 2001 Ergodic Theory, Interpretation of Probability and the Foundation of Statistical Mechanics.
Irreversibility and maximum generation in $\kappa$-generalized statistical mechanics
Kruopis, Approximation of distributions of sums of lattice random variables I, Lith.
Discrete approximations for sums of m-dependent random variables
Grigelionis, Processes of Meixner Type , Lith.
Option Pricing from Path Integral for Non-Gaussian Fluctuations. Natural Martingale and Application to Truncated L\'evy Distributions
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