American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Flexible.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Flexible; pliant; pliable; mobile; easily bent; readily yielding to power, impulse, or moral force.
- In bacteriology, applied to filamentous forms of bacteria which are twisted and curved, although retaining their rigidity.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Flexible; pliant; pliable; easily bent; plastic; tractable.
- adj. able to flex; able to bend easily
“She was grown more notorious than a way-mark,285 for her seductive genius, and outdid the fair both in theory and practice, and she was noted for her swimming gait, flexile and delicate, albeit she was full five feet in height and by all the boons of fortune deckt and dight, with strait arched brows twain, as they were the crescent moon of”
“For every mom and pop shop that has shut down because they could not compete, how many jobs with flexile hours, benefits, vacation plans (which mom and pop shops generally do not have the means to provide) have been created?”
“Of a truth he is the tenderest as well as the youngest, and also he is of flexile form; for if he were hard and without flexure he could not enfold all things, or wind his way into and out of every soul of man undiscovered.”
“Carapace smooth, rather convex, and with three keels above; the beak, longly produced, ending in a spine, simple on the side and produced into a keel on each side behind; the central caudal lobe rather narrow, indistinctly divided in half, and like the other lobes flexile at the end, the lateral lobes with”
“In the highest sphere of being flexile _grace_ with _law_ combines.”
“He came up to me, as if knowing his benefactor by instinct, looking curiously about him, and curling and retracting his flexile snout and lip, after the manner of his kind.”
“_Spirochaete_ (Ehrenb.), spirally coiled in numerous close turns, motile, but apparently owing to flexile movements, as no cilia are found.”
“The fountains piled their flexile columns of spray and waved them to and fro.”
“What think you of callas -- their frozen calm kindled by the ruddy flush of azaleas, and their superb stateliness opposed by the flexile vivacity of the feathery willow acacia?”
“As the flexile hose has to be stiffly distended to bear an aqueous gravity of twenty-five to fifty pounds to the square inch, the force of the current can be estimated.”
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