One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(of a substance or object) giving way under pressure; not hard or rigid.‘she dropped on to the yielding cushions’
malleable, easily influenced, impressionable, flexible, adaptable, pliant, compliant, docile, biddable, tractable, like putty in one's hands, manageable, governable, controllable, amenable, accommodating, susceptible, suggestible, influenceable, persuadable, manipulable, responsive, receptiveView synonyms
- ‘We collapse in a disappointing heap on the yielding sand.’
- ‘Darien leapt off the swing and landed on the yielding sand.’
- ‘The cookies tasted home-made, with just the right ratio of dry crumbliness to chewiness and that fantastic contrast you get from crunchy baked hazelnuts and soft, yielding fruit.’
- ‘It was both yielding as water normally is and yet hard like glass.’
- ‘The expedition crossed the shelf of rock, testing the non-slip soles of their rubber boots to the limit, and set off along slightly yielding sand.’
- ‘He walked out on yielding sand and looked up the rock-face.’
- ‘Instead of unpredictable bounces on baking hard surfaces, Monty realised the yielding landing areas would suit his dartboard game.’
- ‘Nothing in the world is more flexible and yielding than water.’
- 1.1 (of a person) complying with the requests or desires of others.‘a gentle, yielding person’compliant, complying, consenting, cooperative, willing, obliging, agreeable, amenable, tractable, persuadable, easily persuaded, pliant, flexible, easy, unprotesting, resignedView synonyms
2in combination Giving a product or generating a financial return of a specified amount.‘higher-yielding wheat’
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