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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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In line with this, he said the PLIA would continue to focus on increasing the public's awareness about insurance.
The PLIA official also cited the country's improving unemployment rate and manageable inflation as other reasons for the overall optimism about the life insurance business.
Also, Cantos said PLIA planned to submit a proposal, for congressional consideration, 'to rationalize the industry tax structure relative to its Asean counterparts and improve our competitive position under the Asean Economic Community.
sup][13] PLIA was defined as homogenous low-intensity around stent struts without significant signal attenuation behind the area on a strut basis [Figure 1]a, while peri-strut high intensity was defined as homogenous high intensity around stent struts [Figure 1]b.
By 1987, only AIG and PLIA survived, and by 1988, only AIG remained.