• WordNet 3.6
    • adj supple (used of persons' bodies) capable of moving or bending freely
    • adj supple (used of e.g. personality traits) readily adaptable "a supple mind","a limber imagination"
    • adj supple moving and bending with ease
    • v supple make pliant and flexible "These boots are not yet suppled by frequent use"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Professional sumo wrestlers, called rikishi, must be quick on their feet and supple, but weight is vital to success as they hurl themselves at their opponents, aiming to floor them or push them outside the 15-foot fighting circle.
    • Supple Bending to the humor of others; flattering; fawning; obsequious.
    • Supple Pliant; flexible; easily bent; as, supple joints; supple fingers.
    • v. i Supple To become soft and pliant. "The stones . . . Suppled into softness as they fell."
    • Supple To make compliant, submissive, or obedient. "A mother persisting till she had bent her daughter's mind and suppled her will.""They should supple our stiff willfulness."
    • Supple To make soft and pliant; to render flexible; as, to supple leather. "The flesh therewith she suppled and did steep."
    • Supple Yielding compliant; not obstinate; submissive to guidance; as, a supple horse. "If punishment . . . makes not the will supple , it hardens the offender."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • supple Pliant; flexible; easily bent: as, supple joints; supple fingers.
    • supple Yielding; compliant; not obstinate.
    • supple 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.
    • supple Tending to make pliant or pliable; soothing.
    • supple Synonyms Lithe, limber, lissome.
    • supple To make supple; make pliant; render flexible: as, to supple leather.
    • supple To make compliant, submissive, humble, or yielding.
    • supple 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.
    • supple To soothe.
    • supple To become soft and pliant.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Supple sup′l pliant: lithe: yielding to the humour of others: fawning
    • v.t Supple to make supple: to make soft or compliant
    • v.i Supple to become supple
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. souple, F. souple, from L. supplex, suppliant, perhaps originally, being the knees. Cf. Supplicate


In literature:

The contest of Simpson with the wonderfully supple and sinewy Apache began and ended in a few seconds.
"In the Pecos Country" by Edward Sylvester Ellis (AKA Lieutenant R.H. Jayne)
They struck at the woman, one after the other, and she leaped out of their range, swift and as supple as they.
"King--of the Khyber Rifles" by Talbot Mundy
At an intimation of the Emperor's wishes Elufrius became as supple as possible and all willingness to oblige.
"The Unwilling Vestal" by Edward Lucas White
The girl was not more than twenty-five, graceful, supple, and strong.
"Northern Lights, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
Iberville's hand was large, compact, and supple; Gering's small and firm.
"The Trail of the Sword, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
Andrews noticed how erect and supple she walked as his eyes followed her to the door.
"Three Soldiers" by John Dos Passos
These lads move through the water without apparent effort, with the suppleness of fishes.
"Two Years in the French West Indies" by Lafcadio Hearn
His splendid figure supple, athletic and harmonious, looked almost rigid.
"December Love" by Robert Hichens
On either side there was an equality of strength, agility, and suppleness.
"The Thirteen" by Honore de Balzac
Marion's clean-cut blond head was close to his, her supple body twisted in her seat, one bare arm hanging over the back of the chair.
"The Fighting Chance" by Robert W. Chambers
To render his body strong and supple is the first duty of man.
"Lothair" by Benjamin Disraeli
But where is the woman to be found who is not supple enough to slip through the stiff fingers of Reason?
"Heart and Science" by Wilkie Collins
Her finely-rounded, supple, muscular figure trembled, as if she had been the most fragile woman living.
"The Fallen Leaves" by Wilkie Collins
Tall, slim, but strong and supple, she struck one by the irregularities of the lines of her face.
"The Possessed" by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Such men as de Casimir shrugged their supple shoulders at his simple talk.
"Barlasch of the Guard" by H. S. Merriman
Louis was always suppling and rubbing the skins to make them soft.
"Canadian Crusoes" by Catherine Parr Traill
He had the classic style, accurate, evenly balanced, and supple.
"L'Assommoir" by Emile Zola
His ministers and his generals were equally able and supple, and he was at peace with all the world.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume VIII" by John Lord
And she seemed divine, with her tall, girlish form, her tapering limbs, her supple arms, her slender body, with its small, firm throat.
"Doctor Pascal" by Emile Zola
Choose them with supple feet and hard plump breasts.
"Enquire Within Upon Everything" by Anonymous

In poetry:

Vicious, dark cypresses:
Vicious, you supple, brooding, softly-swaying pillars of dark
Monumental to a dead, dead race
Embalmed in you!
"Cypresses" by D H Lawrence
Here in the dark I sit,
I who so loved the sun;
Supple and strong and fit,
In the dark till my days be done;
Aye, that's the hell of it,
Stalwart and twenty-one.
"The Sightless Man" by Robert W Service
When the flame burns joyously and bright,
Limbs are supple, radiant is the night;
On the hearth when fire with ardour glows,
Ripe the sap of plants and creatures grows.
"Book Of the Parsees - The Bequest Of The Ancient Persian Faith" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The tranquil lake doth mem'ry bring,
Where swallows poised on lightest wing;
The breeze by which the supple reed
Was bent,--
The setting sun whose glory filled
The firmament?
"The Emigrant Mountaineer" by Sarah Anne Curzon
Out of the forest, panther, come, Silken, supple, silent, lone–
Out of the forest, drooped with night–
To your delight.
Under bloom and over stone, Out of the forest, panther, come.
"Epithalamium" by Genevieve Taggard
And I pray ye, O ye people! trust in palace nor in steeple!
If you sow ill you will reap ill, to your misery and scorn;
In your generation wiser, know that vows of priest and kaiser
Only supple cheats and lies are, to be broken swift as sworn.
"Aspromonte" by Alfred Austin

In news:

Fused braids , more supple than standard braids , are best used on spinning reels.
Called the bäco, it's a very supple flatbread.
Upon completion, the roll can be slit into individual streams and rolled, or suppl...
Twice-wounded Supple among first Americans to reach liberated Paris.
Veteran Ray Supple walked across France and Germany during his 18 months of combat in World War II.
It's soft, supple and sure to raise some eyebrows.
They poured a couple of new wines, the 2003 Napa Valley Cabernet Franc and the 2003 Rutherford Cabernet, both of which were fruity, supple, balanced and complex.
Cow and Cat: 2 poses can help to keep spine supple .
Your wrists are old but still supple .
An Education' teaches different social studies in supple send-up to youth culture and rebellion.
To turn "should" into "does," companies need to partner with a supple supplier.
What is a supple supplier.
Weirdly supple crystal balls.
We are always in hot pursuit of soft supple lips.
Jupiter Images Unlimited One study suggests that a person's trunk flexibility can predict how supple their cardiac arteries are.

In science:

Ma jid, Representations, duals and quantum doubles of monoidal categories, Suppl.
Quantum kinematics on q-deformed quantum spaces I, Mathematical Framework
By this the determination itself appears as a connection between Gauss algorithm and polarity of molecules (about polarity: in Suppl. 2).
Genetic Code as a Harmonic System: two Supplements
Walder, The Spin Periods and Rotational Profiles of Neutron Stars at Birth, Astrophys. J., Suppl.
Multiple physical elements to determine the gravitational-wave signatures of core-collapse supernovae
Michor, Remarks on the Schouten-Nijenhuis bracket, Suppl.
Willick, J.  , Astrophys. J. (suppl.)  .
Estimation of Peculiar Velocity from the Inverse Tully-Fisher Relation
Suppl.  ( ) { [KC] Kau(cid:11)mann, G., Charlot, S.: Constraints on Models of Galaxy Formation from the Evolution of Damped Lyman-Alpha Absorption Systems.
Phys. B Proceedings Suppl. in press. 18. J.W.
Lattice Quantum Gravity: Review and Recent Developments
Suppl.)  ( ) ; in Quark-Gluon Plasma , ed. R.
Finite Temperature QCD on the Lattice
Suppl.)  ( ) ; ibid.  ( ) ; ibid.  ( )  . . Y.
Finite Temperature QCD on the Lattice
Watabiki, Progress in Theoretical Physics, Suppl.
Non-String Pursuit towards Unified Model on the Lattice
Ogievetsky, Hopf Structures on the Borel subalgebra of sl(2), Winter School Geometry and Physics, Zidkov, Suppl.
Noncommutative Geometry for Pedestrians
Suppl. 334, 609-617. Guillois, O., Ledoux, G., Reynaud, C., 1999. Diamond infrared emission bands in circumstellar media.
Presolar grains from meteorites: Remnants from the early times of the solar system
Kuramoto Y. [1978] “Diffusion-Induced Chaos in Reaction Systems”, Suppl.
Variational Formulation for the KPZ and Related Kinetic Equations
Kuramoto Y. [1978] “Diffusion-Induced Chaos in Reaction Systems”, Suppl.
Variational Formulation for the KPZ and Related Kinetic Equations
Proceedings of the Steklov Institute of Mathematics, Suppl.
Viscosity Solutions of Fully Nonlinear Parabolic Path Dependent PDEs: Part II