(Pli"an*cy) n. The quality or state of being pliant in sense; as, the pliancy of a rod. "Avaunt all specious pliancy of mind." Wordsworth.

(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.

The will was then ductile and pliant to right reason.

2. Favorable to pliancy. [R.] "A pliant hour." Shak.Pli"ant*ly, adv.Pli"ant*ness, n.

(||Pli"ca) n. [LL., a fold, fr. L. plicare to fold. See Ply, v.]

1. (Med.) A disease of the hair (Plica polonica), in which it becomes twisted and matted together. The disease is of Polish origin, and is hence called also Polish plait. Dunglison.

2. (Bot.) A diseased state in plants in which there is an excessive development of small entangled twigs, instead of ordinary branches.

3. (Zoöl.) The bend of the wing of a bird.

(Pli"cate Pli"ca*ted) a. [L. plicatus, p. p. of plicare to fold.] Plaited; folded like a fan; as, a plicate leaf.Pli"cate*ly adv.

(Pli*ca"tion) n. A folding or fold; a plait. Richardson.

(Plic"a*ture) n. [L. plicatura, fr. plicare to fold.] A fold; a doubling; a plication. Dr. H. More.

(Plic`i*den"tine) n. [LL. plica fold + E. dentine.] (Anat.) A form of dentine which shows sinuous lines of structure in a transverse section of the tooth.

(Plied) imp. & p. p. of Ply.

(Pli"ers) n. pl. [From Ply to bend, fold.] A kind of small pinchers with long jaws, — used for bending or cutting metal rods or wire, for handling small objects such as the parts of a watch, etc.

(Pli"form) a. [Ply a fold + -form.] In the form of a ply, fold, or doubling. [Obs.] Pennant.

(Plight) obs. imp. & p. p. of Plight, to pledge. Chaucer.

(Plight), obs. imp. & p. p. of Pluck. Chaucer.

(Plight), v. t. [OE. pliten; probably through Old French, fr. LL. plectare, L. plectere. See Plait, Ply.] To weave; to braid; to fold; to plait.[Obs.] "To sew and plight." Chaucer.

A plighted garment of divers colors.

(Plight) n. A network; a plait; a fold; rarely a garment. [Obs.] "Many a folded plight." Spenser.

(Plight), n. [OE. pliht danger, engagement, AS. pliht danger, fr. pleón to risk; akin to D. plicht duty, G. pflicht, Dan. pligt. &radic28. Cf. Play.]

1. That which is exposed to risk; that which is plighted or pledged; security; a gage; a pledge. "That lord whose hand must take my plight." Shak.

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