Pliant
Pliant Pli"ant, a. [F. pliant, p. pr. of plier to bend. See {Ply}, v.] 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. Also used figuratively: Easily influenced for good or evil; tractable; as, a pliant heart. [1913 Webster]

The will was then ductile and pliant to right reason. --South. [1913 Webster]

2. Favorable to pliancy. [R.] ``A pliant hour.'' --Shak. -- {Pli"ant*ly}, adv. -- {Pli"ant*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]


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  • pliant — pliant, pliante [ plijɑ̃, plijɑ̃t ] adj. et n. m. • 1507; ployant 1420; de plier 1 ♦ Articulé de manière à pouvoir se plier. Mètre pliant. Table pliante; lit pliant. Vélo pliant. « Ils prirent place sur des chaises pliantes de jardin » (Camus). 2 …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • pliant — PLIÁNT, Ă, plianţi, te, adj., s.n. 1. adj. (Despre obiecte) Care poate fi îndoit şi împăturit (micşorându şi suprafaţa). 2. s.n. Tipăritură conţinând fotografii, prospecte, cataloage, informaţii etc. imprimate pentru reclamă, îndoită de mai multe …   Dicționar Român

  • pliant — pliant, ante (pli an, an t ) adj. 1°   Qui plie facilement. •   Il [le jeune oiseau] sort, et, balancé sur la branche pliante, Il hésite, il essaie une aile encor tremblante, DELILLE Trois règnes, VIII.    Fig. Accommodant, docile. •   C était un …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • pliant — Pliant, [pli]ante. adj. Qui est facile à plier. En ce sens il ne se dit que de certains corps qui sont souples & flexibles. L osier est extrémement pliant. On appelle Siege pliant, Un siege qui se plie en deux, & qui n a ni bras ni dossier. On l… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • pliant — c.1300, from O.Fr. pliant bending (13c.), prp. of plier to bend (see PLY (Cf. ply) (n.)). Figurative sense of easily influenced is from c.1400. Related: Pliancy …   Etymology dictionary

  • pliant — I adjective accommodating, acquiescent, adaptable, agreeable, bendable, compilable, compliant, concessive, conformable, conforming, deferential, docile, ductile, easily bent, easily persuaded, elastic, flexible, formable, impressible,… …   Law dictionary

  • pliant — *plastic, pliable, ductile, malleable, adaptable Analogous words: see those at PLIABLE …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • pliant — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ pliable. DERIVATIVES pliancy noun pliantly adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • pliant — [plī′ənt] adj. [ME plyande < MFr, prp. of plier: see PLIABLE] 1. easily bent; pliable 2. adaptable or compliant SYN. PLIABLE pliancy n. pliantness pliantly adv …   English World dictionary

  • Pliant — The Pliant programming language is based on a dynamic compiler, which makes it act like it is interpreted. The default syntax is almost trivial, and based on indentation, so it is an off side rule language. It is reflective: Pliant programs can… …   Wikipedia

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