Supple

Definition of Supple

Sup´ple
a.1.Pliant; flexible; easily bent; as, supple joints; supple fingers.
2.Yielding compliant; not obstinate; submissive to guidance; as, a supple horse.
If punishment . . . makes not the will supple, it hardens the offender.
- Locke.
3.Bending to the humor of others; flattering; fawning; obsequious.
v. t.1.To make soft and pliant; to render flexible; as, to supple leather.
[imp. & p. p. Suppled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Suppling .]
The flesh therewith she suppled and did steep.
- Spenser.
2.To make compliant, submissive, or obedient.
A mother persisting till she had bent her daughter's mind and suppled her will.
- Locke.
They should supple our stiff willfulness.
- Barrow.
v. i.1.To become soft and pliant.
The stones . . .
Suppled into softness as they fell.
- Dryden.

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