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The lithe dancers seem to float across the stage.
  a graceful, flexible body — often implying thinness


graceful, flexible body movement
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lithe lithely litheness lither lithesome
Word Mastery:  Note that lissome and lissom are spelling variations of lithesome. All are another way of saying lithe.
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  • The lithe dancers seem to float across the stage.
  • Although Elvis is best known for his lithe, gyrating "Hound Dog" days, it is his later, weightier, gold lamé–draped self that remains the most emulated among most of his impersonators.
    Alyssa Fetini  --  Time Inc, 2010  --,28804,1952461_1952460_1952463,00.html#ixzz0wPA0qwrx(retrieved 08/12/10)
  • I’ve spent all day climbing to anxious heights, me and my buddy the glass monster, reaching for a better buzz, a taller head, one more lithe whiff (what could it hurt?)...
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Glass
  • She was built like a long-distance runner, lithe and strong,
    Rick Riordan  --  The Sea of Monsters

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  • We were similar in build, thin and lithe, with somewhat spindly arms and legs.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • ...a long lithe creature that Edmund took to be a dragon.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • The long, lithe body dipped low to the ground.
    Wilson Rawls  --  Where the Red Fern Grows
  • Hylla was in her twenties, lithe and lean as a tiger.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • He lounged on his throne of used human bones, looking lithe, graceful, and dangerous as a panther.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • I remembered how we’d followed the photographer, a tall, lithe man whose name I forgot, out across the sand to the jetty.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen

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  • Free the power within us so that, like the mighty felines of the wild, we know the lithe suppleness of our animal brethren and we are not bound by human chains or caged by their ignorant weaknesses.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Marked
  • He was a man about forty with graying hair and moustache, lithe and trim.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses
  • a long lithe body
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Voyage of the Dawn Trader
  • Well, "SLITHY" means "lithe and slimy."
    Lewis Carroll  --  Through the Looking-Glass
  • They are lithe and quick, their bodies and faces wrapped in funereal strips of black cloth.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • But the dry, lithe stalks consumed by fire turned to ash, and at sunset, a stiff northerly wind swept over the prairie and lifted the ash into the sky and carried it hundreds of miles before the ash came down, a gray and black snow, to settle indifferently on barren ground.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • He was smaller than George, not so lithe and vigorous, and with a gray overcast to his otherwise white coat.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • She was always lithe and strong and sturdy-limbed, never too skinny or too softly feminine.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • The third is more compact, more lithe, more like a cheetah to their bears.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • I remembered chasing her—her lilac scent on the breeze, her lithe form flitting through the dappled light of the forest.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • Caroline has the firm, lithe body of a dancer, but it’s soft and curvy where it matters.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • Their leanness was the rawboned kind, not the lithe, elastic slenderness of people in magazine ads, and something a little too sharp in their faces suggested that while they themselves were eating just fine, perhaps their forefathers had not.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • They are lithe and tender.
    An Na  --  A Step from Heaven
  • ); Sophie on the mossy shore of some imaginary pond or pool deep within the woods beyond "Five Elms’ " spring fields, her lithe restored body glorious and long-legged in a Lastex bathing suit, our grinning elf of a first-born perched on her knee; that hideous gunshot swarming in my ear; sunsets, abandoned love-crazed midnights, magnanimous dawns, vanished children, triumph, grief, Mozart, rain, September green, repose, death.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • My brain was in a swirling fog, just beginning to transmit run! to my legs, when he lunged for the window, threw it open, and ducked lithely out.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • There was the same lithe, spare build and fine-drawn bones; the same chiseled lines of the face; the level brows and wide hazel eyes; and the same dark hair, curved smooth across the brow.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Her movements are lithe and catlike.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • In its place, rising from below, came dark blue shapes, gliding in lithe arcs.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • His step was lighter and quicker, his body was lithe and graceful.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • When he spoke he paced the stage, lithe and eager, like a panther.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • His presence was overwhelming, yet equally evident was the lithesome grace of it.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • He swung his leg over the side and dropped lithely to the ground, but once beside his son he seemed embarrassed and strange.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • And all the while, during the interview, Ender and the TV guy would slink along smoothly in front of the cameraman, taking long, lithe strides.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • Sebastian’s face tempered her father’s hard features with her mother’s prettiness; he was tall but less broad-shouldered, more lithe and catlike.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • His frame was lithe and muscular, like a distance runner’s.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • Rather tall, of a lithe nimble figure, extremely pale, with large faded eyes, and a quantity of streaming hair.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • In her place was a woman—small and lithe like a gymnast.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid
  • I could see their silhouettes in the light from the goalpost lamps, moving as lithely as if they were decades younger.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • In another instant he stood at the side of the hole and was hauling after him a companion, lithe and small like himself, with a pale face and a shock of very red hair.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • Surely, he thought, he and his sister had some ancestor, some lithe young man with onyx skin and legs as straight as cane stalks, who had a name that was real.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • Then she dropped my arm, made two lithe bounds, and leaped over the river.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • Behind her was Arya, her stride as lithe and smooth as a cat’s, and an openly awestruck Jarsha.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • She was a lithe, dark-eyed woman in a wonderful gown of shimmering gray stuff like woven moonbeams, with gems on her neck and in her dark hair.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • There were limits, but my body was nevertheless lithe, single, solid, one with me.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Instead I saw a cat slide through the connection leading to the big top—it was a panther, and as its lithe black body disappeared into the canvas tunnel I braced myself.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • Hark ye, lad—fleet interlacings of the limbs—lithe swayings—coyings—flutterings! lip! heart! hip! all graze: unceasing touch and go! not taste, observe ye, else come satiety.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • She looked at his brown face, his lithe build, his shock of hair, and the quick heel-and-toe way that he walked.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • Four cowherds all of gold were plodding after with nine lithe dogs beside them.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • Alas! sir, said the lady, mine arm is out of lithe, wherethrough I must needs rest me.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
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