pliable

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj pliable capable of being bent or flexed or twisted without breaking "a flexible wire","a pliant young tree"
    • adj pliable able to adjust readily to different conditions "an adaptable person","a flexible personality","an elastic clause in a contract"
    • adj pliable capable of being shaped or bent or drawn out "ductile copper","malleable metals such as gold","they soaked the leather to made it pliable","pliant molten glass","made of highly tensile steel alloy"
    • adj pliable susceptible to being led or directed "fictile masses of people ripe for propaganda"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Pliable Capable of being plied, turned, or bent; easy to be bent; flexible; pliant; supple; limber; yielding; as, willow is a pliable plant.
    • Pliable Flexible in disposition; readily yielding to influence, arguments, persuasion, or discipline; easy to be persuaded; -- sometimes in a bad sense; as, a pliable youth. "Pliable she promised to be."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • pliable Easy to be bent; readily yielding to force or pressure without rupture; flexible: as, willow is a pliable plant.
    • pliable Flexible in disposition; easy to be bent, inclined, or persuaded; readily yielding to influence, arguments, persuasion, or discipline.
    • pliable Synonyms Pliant, supple.
    • pliable Compliant, yielding, tractable.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Pliable plī′a-bl easily bent or folded: supple: easily persuaded: yielding to influence
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Quotations

  • Virgil
    Virgil
    “Enter on the way of training while the spirits in youth are still pliable.”
  • Bette Davis
    Bette%20Davis
    “Love is not enough. It must be the foundation, the cornerstone -- but not the complete structure. It is much too pliable, too yielding.”
  • Joshua Renolds
    Joshua Renolds
    “The young mind is pliable and imitates, but in more advanced states grows rigid and must be warmed and softened before it will receive a deep impression.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. plier, to bend, to fold. See Ply (v.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. pliable—L. plicāre, to fold.

Usage

In literature:

Seabeck, from his very unaccustomedness to women, seemed to her particularly pliable.
"The Ranch at the Wolverine" by B. M. Bower
Have the reed well soaked, that it may be very pliable and in no danger of breaking.
"Construction Work for Rural and Elementary Schools" by Virginia McGaw
In places these soft, pliable rugs unite and form extensive carpets.
"Wild Life on the Rockies" by Enos A. Mills
When they are unrolled, the whole skin is soft and pliable.
"Makers of Many Things" by Eva March Tappan
Christian was mired there, and Pliable nearly lost his life.
"My Days and Nights on the Battle-Field" by Charles Carleton Coffin
So very pliable a thing is frail man, when women have the bending of him.
"The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to Prose, Vol. IX (of X) - America - I" by Various
Certainly they were more than usually pliable.
"Mr. Wicker's Window" by Carley Dawson
Robert felt that although Lester was a tremendously decent fellow and his brother, he wasn't pliable enough to suit his needs.
"Jennie Gerhardt" by Theodore Dreiser
For summer out-of-door games, pliable gloves should be worn, and a hat to protect the eyes from the sun.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke
If fresh, the feet will be pliable: if stale, dry and stiff.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
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In news:

They de-bark and then pound ash logs to produce long, pliable strips.
In order to cut a sheet of veneer into smaller pieces and fit the pieces into a precise pattern, the veneer has to be rendered flat and pliable.
For most chefs, the path to successful squash is high-heat roasting, which always renders that firm flesh soft and pliable.
Substitute appropriate dog-specific items, such as bully sticks or pliable, resilient toys, when your pup nibbles on soft stuff.
Hopper keeps asphalt pliable without the potential safety hazards associated with propane or heating oil.
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2 cups sugar 1 tablespoon cinnamon 1 to 2 cups raisins, plumped in water 2 pounds prepared masa 30-40 dried corn husks, cleaned of debris and soaked in warm water until pliable.
You can attempt to nibble and tease at the outer skin, soft and pliable but lightly browned outside.
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Delphi Packard Electric is making halogen-free automotive wiring in designs that are thinner, more pliable, and safer to recycle.
Asphalt Reheat Systems' 4x4 heater can reheat almost any asphalt to a pliable texture in less than 5 minutes.
Researchers Develop Pliable ' Jell -O' Memory Device.
Northern noodles are typically soft and pliable, while southern noodles are firmer and cut to shape.
Knead clay between the palms of your hands until smooth and pliable.
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