supple


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Supple \Sup"ple\, v. i.
   To become soft and pliant.
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         The stones . . .
         Suppled into softness as they fell.      --Dryden.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Supple \Sup"ple\ (s[u^]p"p'l), a. [OE. souple, F. souple, from
   L. supplex suppliant, perhaps originally, being the knees.
   Cf. Supplicate.]
   1. Pliant; flexible; easily bent; as, supple joints; supple
      fingers.
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   2. Yielding; compliant; not obstinate; submissive to
      guidance; as, a supple horse.
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            If punishment . . . makes not the will supple, it
            hardens the offender.                 --Locke.
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   3. Bending to the humor of others; flattering; fawning;
      obsequious. --Addison.
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   Syn: Pliant; flexible; yielding; compliant; bending;
        flattering; fawning; soft.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Supple \Sup"ple\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Suppled (s[u^]p"p'ld);
   p. pr. & vb. n. Suppling (s[u^]p"pl[i^]ng).]
   1. To make soft and pliant; to render flexible; as, to supple
      leather.
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            The flesh therewith she suppled and did steep.
                                                  --Spenser.
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   2. To make compliant, submissive, or obedient.
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            A mother persisting till she had bent her daughter's
            mind and suppled her will.            --Locke.
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            They should supple our stiff willfulness. --Barrow.
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