Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To bend (something pliant or elastic).
  • transitive v. To bend (a joint).
  • transitive v. To bend (a joint) repeatedly.
  • transitive v. To contract (a muscle, for example).
  • transitive v. To move by muscular control: "Sandy flexes his brow characteristically” ( Scott Turow).
  • transitive v. To exhibit or show off the strength of: "They had spent six years since the lightning Six Day War flexing their invincibility” ( Howard Kaplan).
  • intransitive v. To bend: "His hands flexed nervously as he spoke” ( Mary McCarthy).
  • n. Chiefly British Flexible insulated electric cord.
  • n. The act or an instance of flexing; a bending.
  • n. Pliancy; flexibility: "'Resolution' has none of that modern flex we favor, with generous, built-in amounts of 'maybe'” ( Melvin Maddocks).
  • idiom flex (one's) muscles Informal To exhibit or show off one's strength.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Flexibility, pliancy.
  • n. The act of flexing.
  • n. Any flexible insulated electrical wiring.
  • n. A point of inflection.
  • v. To bend something.
  • v. To repeatedly bend one of one's joints.
  • v. To move part of the body using one's muscles.
  • v. To tighten the muscles for display of size or strength.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Flax.
  • transitive v. To bend.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To bend; make a flexure of: specifically said in anatomy of the action of any flexor muscle.
  • n. An obsolete variant of flax.
  • n. A point of contrary flexure or a point of inflexion.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. contract
  • v. cause (a plastic object) to assume a crooked or angular form
  • v. form a curve
  • n. the act of flexing
  • v. bend a joint
  • v. exhibit the strength of

Etymologies

Latin flectere, flex-, to bend.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

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