lithe

  • 1 lithe´ly — lithe «lyth», adjective. bending easily; supple: »lithe limbs, a lithe willow. An athlete should be lithe of body. SYNONYM(S): flexible, limber, pliant, lithesome, lissome, willowy. ╂[Old English līthe soft, mild] –lithe´ly, adverb. –lithe´ness …

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  • 2 Lithe — Lithe, a. [AS. l[imac][eth]e, for lin[eth]e tender, mild, gentle; akin to G. lind, gelind, OHG. lindi, Icel. linr, L. lenis soft, mild, lentus flexible, and AS. linnan to yield. Cf. {Lenient}.] 1. Mild; calm; as, lithe weather. [Obs.] [1913… …

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  • 3 -lithe — lithe, lithique ♦ Éléments, du gr. lithos « pierre » : aérolithe, galalithe, antilithique, etc. lith(o) , lithe, lite, lithique éléments, du gr. lithos, pierre . ⇒ LIT(H)E, ( LITE, LITHE), élém. formant Élém. terminal tiré du gr. « pierre »,… …

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  • 4 Lithe — Lithe, v. t. [AS. l[imac][eth]ian. See {Lithe}, a.] To smooth; to soften; to palliate. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …

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  • 5 Lithe — may refer to:* Lithe (programming language), an experimental programming language * Lithe (Middle earth), a fictional holiday in J. R. R. Tolkien s writings …

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  • 6 Lithe — (l[imac][th]), v. t. & i. [Icel hl[=y][eth]a. See {Listen}.] To listen or listen to; to hearken to. [Obs.] P. Plowman. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 7 lithe — [laıð] adj [: Old English; Origin: gentle ] having a body that moves easily and gracefully ▪ the strong lithe bodies of gymnasts >lithely adv …

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  • 8 lithe — [ laıð ] adjective moving and bending in a graceful way: He was as lithe and strong as an athlete …

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  • 9 lithe — [līth′səmlīth] adj. lither, lithest [ME < OE lithe, soft, mild, akin to OHG lindi < IE base * lento , flexible, bendable > LINDEN, L lentus, pliant, flexible] bending easily; flexible; supple; limber; lissome: also lithesome [līth′səm]… …

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  • 10 lithe — index flexible, malleable, pliable, pliant Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 11 lithe — (adj.) O.E. liðe soft, mild, gentle, meek, from P.Gmc. *linthja (Cf. O.S. lithi soft, mild, gentle, O.H.G. lindi, Ger. lind, O.N. linr, with characteristic loss of n before th in English), from PIE root *lent flexible (Cf. L. lentus …

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  • 12 lithe — lithe, lithesome lissome, *supple, limber Analogous words: slender, slim, slight, *thin: *lean, spare: pliant, pliable, *plastic: nimble, *agile, brisk, spry: graceful, elegant (see corresponding nouns at ELEGANCE) …

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  • 13 lithe — [adj] flexible, graceful and slender agile, lean, lightsome, limber, lissome, loose, nimble, pliable, pliant, slight, slim, spare, supple, thin; concepts 488,491,584 Ant. awkward, fat, stiff, thick …

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  • 14 lithe — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ slim, supple, and graceful. DERIVATIVES lithely adverb litheness noun. ORIGIN Old English, «gentle, meek, mellow» …

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  • 15 lithe — hy·a·lithe; lithe·ly; lithe·ness; lithe·some; lithe·some·ness; lithe; me·te·or·o·lithe; …

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  • 16 lithe — adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Old English līthe gentle; akin to Old High German lindi gentle, Latin lentus slow Date: 14th century 1. easily bent or flexed < lithe steel > < a lithe vine > 2. characterized by easy flexibility and… …

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  • 17 lithe — [[t]la͟ɪð[/t]] ADJ GRADED A lithe person is able to move and bend their body easily and gracefully. ...a lithe young gymnast... His walk was lithe and graceful. Syn: agile …

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  • 18 lithe — UK [laɪð] / US adjective Word forms lithe : adjective lithe comparative lither superlative lithest moving and bending in a graceful way He was as lithe and strong as an athlete …

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  • 19 lithe — [[t]laɪð, laɪθ[/t]] adj. lith•er, lith•est bending readily; pliant; limber; supple; flexible • Etymology: bef. 900; ME lith(e), OE līthe, c. OS līthi, OHG lindi mild, L lentus slow lithe′ly, adv. lithe′ness, n …

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  • 20 lithe — lithely, adv. litheness, n. /luydh/, adj., lither, lithest. bending readily; pliant; limber; supple; flexible: the lithe body of a ballerina.. Also, lithesome. [bef. 900; ME lith(e), OE lithe; c. OS lithi, G …

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