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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 sup·ple /ˈsʌpəl ||ˈsu-/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.
 Syn: -- Pliant; flexible; yielding; compliant; bending; flattering; fawning; soft.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Sup·ple, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Suppled p. pr. & vb. n. Suppling ]
 1. To make soft and pliant; to render flexible; as, to supple leather.
    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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Sup·ple, v. i. To become soft and pliant.
 The stones . . .
 Suppled into softness as they fell.   --Dryden.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: gracefully slender; moving and bending with ease [syn: lissome,
              lissom, lithe, lithesome, slender, svelte,
      2: (used of e.g. personality traits) readily adaptable; "a
         supple mind"; "a limber imagination" [syn: limber]
      3: (used of persons' bodies) capable of moving or bending
         freely [syn: limber]
      v : make pliant and flexible; "These boots are not yet suppled
          by frequent use"