Sup*ply", a. Serving to contain,
deliver, or regulate a supply of anything; as, a supply tank or
Supply system (Zoöl.), the system
of tubes and canals in sponges by means of which food and water are
absorbed. See Illust. of Spongiæ.
Sup*ply", n.; pl.
Supplies (?). 1. The act of
supplying; supplial. A. Tucker.
2. That which supplies a want; sufficiency of
things for use or want. Specifically: --
(a) Auxiliary troops or
reënforcements. "My promised supply of horsemen."
(b) The food, and the like, which meets the
daily necessities of an army or other large body of men; store; --
used chiefly in the plural; as, the army was discontented for lack of
(c) An amount of money provided, as by
Parliament or Congress, to meet the annual national expenditures;
generally in the plural; as, to vote supplies.
(d) A person who fills a place for a time; one
who supplies the place of another; a substitute; esp., a clergyman who
supplies a vacant pulpit.
Stated supply (Eccl.), a clergyman
employed to supply a pulpit for a definite time, but not settled as a
pastor. [U.S.] -- Supply and demand. (Polit.
Econ.) "Demand means the quantity of a given article
which would be taken at a given price. Supply means the
quantity of that article which could be had at that price." F. A.
Sup*ply" (?), v. t. [imp. & p.
p. Supplied (?); p. pr. & vb. n.
Supplying (?).] [For older supploy, F.
suppléer, OF. also supployer, (assumed) LL.
suppletare, from L. supplere, suppletum;
sub under + plere to fill, akin to plenus full.
See Plenty.] 1. To fill up, or keep full;
to furnish with what is wanted; to afford, or furnish with, a
sufficiency; as, rivers are supplied by smaller streams; an
aqueduct supplies an artificial lake; -- often followed by
with before the thing furnished; as, to supply a furnace
with fuel; to supply soldiers with ammunition.
2. To serve instead of; to take the place
Burning ships the banished sun
The sun was set, and Vesper, to supply
His absent beams, had lighted up the sky.
3. To fill temporarily; to serve as substitute
for another in, as a vacant place or office; to occupy; to have
possession of; as, to supply a pulpit.
4. To give; to bring or furnish; to provide;
as, to supply money for the war. Prior.
Syn. -- To furnish; provide; administer; minister;
contribute; yield; accommodate.