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A dance movement in which the knees are bent.

[French, from past participle of plier, to fold, bend, from Old French; see pliant.]


(Ballet) a classic ballet practice posture with back erect and knees bent
[French: bent, from plier to bend]



n., pl. pli•és (pliˈeɪz; Fr. pliˈeɪ)
a ballet movement in which the knees are bent and the back is held straight.
[1890–95; < French, n. use of past participle of plier to bend; see ply2]


(bend). Bending of the knees while erect with the feet turned out, heels on the ground; demi plié becomes so low that the heels must be raised; grand plié lower with the buttocks as near the heels (still kept as close to the ground as possible).
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At that hour the clear-voiced nymphs are with him and move with nimble feet, singing by some spring of dark water, while Echo wails about the mountain-top, and the god on this side or on that of the choirs, or at times sidling into the midst, plies it nimbly with his feet.
From house to house warm winter robes are spread, And through the pine-woods red Floats up the sound of the washerman's bat who plies His hurried task ere the brief noon wanes and dies.
A closet was filled with wine; the plate was of silver, the napery elegant; a good picture hung upon the walls, a gift (as Utterson supposed) from Henry Jekyll, who was much of a connoisseur; and the carpets were of many plies and agreeable in colour.
Adventure-seeking doth he go Up rugged heights, down rocky valleys, But hill or dale, or high or low, Mishap attendeth all his sallies: Love still pursues him to and fro, And plies his cruel scourge- ah me
She never turns her head until she comes to the crossing where Jo plies with his broom.
Petersburg, which plies along the Lena by magnetism, needs little to make it sublime.
The night was getting on to what I may call its deepest hour, the hour most favourable to evil purposes of men's hate, despair or greed--to whatever can whisper into their ears the unlawful counsels of protest against things that are; the hour of ill-omened silence and chill and stagnation, the hour when the criminal plies his trade and the victim of sleeplessness reaches the lowest depth of dreadful discouragement; the hour before the first sight of dawn.
East can't help shouting challenges to two or three of the other side, though he never leaves Tom for a moment, and plies the sponges as fast as ever.
In fourth position plie before a turn, for example, make sure your feet are fully engaged," she says.
D'apres les etats financiers consolides 2014, le resultat net a plie de 4,2% a 74,4 MDT.
23) The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of imagery practice on pelvic and hip kinematics in both the plie and saute, as defined by the task goals of maximizing external hip rotation while minimizing sagittal pelvic excursion.
Lanterne rouge du Tunindex en fin de semaine, STEQ a perdu 4,45% a 6,230 dinars, suivie de tres pres par SIPHAT et MIP qui ont respectivement plie de 4,40% a 7,380 dinars et de 3,33% a 1,450 dinar.