Crossword clues for pliant
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Pliant \Pli"ant\, a. [F. pliant, p. pr. of plier to bend. See Ply, v.]
Capable of plying or bending; readily yielding to force or pressure without breaking; flexible; pliable; lithe; limber; plastic; as, a pliant thread; pliant wax. Also used figuratively: Easily influenced for good or evil; tractable; as, a pliant heart.
The will was then ductile and pliant to right reason.
Favorable to pliancy. [R.] ``A pliant hour.''
--Shak. -- Pli"ant*ly, adv. -- Pli"ant*ness, n.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
late 14c., from Old French ploiant "bending, supple; compliant, fickle," as a noun, "turncoat" (13c.), present participle of ploier "to bend" (see ply (n.)). Figurative sense of "easily influenced" is from c.1400. Related: Pliancy.
a. 1 Capable of plying or bending; readily yielding to force or pressure without breaking; flexible; pliable; lithe; limber; plastic; as, a pliant thread; pliant wax. 2 (context figuratively English) Easily influenced for good or evil; tractable; as, a pliant heart.
adj. capable of being influenced or formed; "the plastic minds of children"; "a pliant nature" [syn: plastic]
capable of being shaped or bent or drawn out; "ductile copper"; "malleable metals such as gold"; "they soaked the leather to made it pliable"; "pliant molten glass"; "made of highly tensile steel alloy" [syn: ductile, malleable, pliable, tensile, tractile]
Usage examples of "pliant".
To these qualifications let us add his affability and pliant disposition, and then the reader will not wonder that he was looked upon as the pattern of human perfection, and his acquaintance courted accordingly.
If regardant, then maintain your station, brisk and irpe, show the supple motion of your pliant body, but in chief of your knee, and hand, which cannot but arride her proud humour exceedingly.
The tricksters thus triumph almost as they do in Aristophanes, but the trio of tricksters has shifted from Subtle, Face, and Dol to Lovewit, Face, and Pliant.
In all service, whether in or out of doors, they make great use of automaton figures, which are so ingenious, and so pliant to the operations of vril, that they actually seem gifted with reason.
She would be queen, could choose some pliant male as consort-maybe even Blad here-and live out her days in what luxury she could force from the Pili.
I quickly cut off the tip and all the leaf-bearing branchlets, leaving a formidable bare whip, thirty inches long, thick as a finger its whole length and pliant.
She saw the mers, not as they were--innocent, unknowing playthings of the Sea--but as they had originally been created: pliant, intelligent beings that carried the germ of immortality.
I had chastised Lucy in every manner, playfully, pedantically, paternally, militarily, passionately, dispassionately, and in every tempo, allegro, largo, andante, di minuetto, with every paddle, strap, pliant rod, and whip in every room in my house, as she presented her fanny, bared or lightly covered, while lying across my knees, kneeling on beds, couches, chairs, footstools, or as she crawled upstairs, for one smack of my belt on each step, or bending over tables, desks, sinks, tubs, toilets, kitchen work surfaces, washing machine and dryer, followed by all the permutations of sensual penetration.
Though not an exceptionally tall woman, to Maia she seemed to rise above her like a tree, multifold, instinct with a quality of pliant, tense motion.
If you oust me, rigorists would rebel against whatever pliant prelate you put in my place.
Dufour has detailed a case of a young man of twenty whose sacral region contained a tuft of hair as long and black, thick and pliant, as that of the head, and, particularly remarkable in this case, the skin from which it grew was as fine and white as the integument of the rest of the body.
His open mouth claimed a pliant peak and nearly devoured her bosom with ravenous hunger, halting her breath at the sheer ecstasy of his stroking tongue and suckling caresses.
He stood in a balanced partial crouch, alert, pliant, with his arms partly extended and his baton, a light, slender wand of nightflower wood with a cup-shaped hilt of basketwork at one end, resting across them.
Earth possess pliant chromophores, epidermal cells that allow them to radically adjust their skin color and sur-face pattern.
Earth possess pliant chromophores, epidermal cells that allow them to radically adjust their skin color and surface pattern.