suppleness


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Wikipedia.

sup·ple

 (sŭp′əl)
adj. sup·pler, sup·plest
1. Readily bent, folded, or manipulated; pliant: a wallet made of supple leather. See Synonyms at flexible.
2. Moving and bending with agility; limber: a supple gymnast.
3. Adaptable to changing circumstances: "The supple ambiguities of English are a large part of its genius" (Mark Abley).
tr. & intr.v. sup·pled, sup·pling, sup·ples
To make or become supple.

[Middle English souple, from Old French, from Latin supplex, suppliant; see plāk- in Indo-European roots.]

sup′ple·ness n.
sup′ply, sup′ple·ly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.suppleness - the gracefulness of a person or animal that is flexible and supple
gracefulness - beautiful carriage
2.suppleness - the property of being pliant and flexible
bendability, pliability - the property of being easily bent without breaking
3.suppleness - adaptability of mind or character; "he was valued for his reliability and pliability"; "he increased the leanness and suppleness of the organization"
adaptability - the ability to change (or be changed) to fit changed circumstances

suppleness

noun
Translations
لُيونَه، مُرونَه، لُدونَه
ohebnost
spændstighed
simulékonyság
sveigjanleiki, lipurî
esneklik

suppleness

[ˈsʌplnɪs] N [of body, leather] → flexibilidad f; [of joint, limb] → agilidad f; [of skin] → suavidad f

suppleness

[ˈsʌpəlnɪs] n
[person, body] → souplesse f
[skin, leather] → souplesse f

suppleness

n (of body, material etc)Geschmeidigkeit f, → Elastizität f; (of person)Beweglichkeit f; (of shoes)Weichheit f; (of mind, intellect)Beweglichkeit f, → Flexibilität f

suppleness

[ˈsʌplnɪs] n (see adj) → elasticità, flessibilità, agilità

supple

(ˈsapl) adjective
(of the body etc) bending easily. Take exercise if you want to keep supple; supple dancers.
ˈsuppleness noun
References in classic literature ?
But his brilliantly white, strong teeth which showed in two unbroken semicircles when he laughed- as he often did- were all sound and good, there was not a gray hair in his beard or on his head, and his whole body gave an impression of suppleness and especially of firmness and endurance.
Thinking thus, he slipped, with the suppleness of a serpent, to the lowest branches, the ends of which bent almost to the ground.
Ah," said he, with the courteous egotism of his rank and age, "you are such people as a man should not see after dinner; you are cold, stiff, and dry when I am all fire, suppleness, and wine.
Robed in dismal black, relieved only by the brilliant whiteness of her widow's cap--reclining in a panther-like suppleness of attitude on a little green sofa--she looked at the stranger who had intruded on her, with a moment's languid curiosity, then dropped her eyes again to the hand-screen which she held between her face and the fire.
Without that great experience musketeers have of a crowd, to which were joined an irresistible strength of wrist, and an uncommon suppleness of shoulders, our two travelers would not have arrived at their place of destination.
His straight and perfect figure, muscled as the best of the ancient Roman gladiators must have been muscled, and yet with the soft and sinuous curves of a Greek god, told at a glance the wondrous combination of enormous strength with suppleness and speed.
So surely as a great nation has weakened with prosperity, so that her limbs have lost their suppleness and her finger joints have stiffened, so surely does the plunderer come in good time.
His body was perfect, alive with easy suppleness and health and strength.
demanded Squeers again: giving his right arm two or three flourishes to try its power and suppleness.
Her figure -- taller than her sister's, taller than the average of woman's height; instinct with such a seductive, serpentine suppleness, so lightly and playfully graceful, that its movements suggested, not unnaturally, the movements of a young cat -- her figure was so perfectly developed already that no one who saw her could have supposed that she was only eighteen.
Denis Eady was the son of Michael Eady, the ambitious Irish grocer, whose suppleness and effrontery had given Starkfield its first notion of "smart" business methods, and whose new brick store testified to the success of the attempt.
It belonged to him like his suppleness of thumb, or his peculiar way of tilting up his hat at the back every now and then, as if he were contemplating some half-finished work of his hand and thinking about it.