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

  • adj. Bending or winding alternately from side to side; sinuous.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. winding from side to side; sinuous

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having turns, windings, or flexures.
  • adj. Having alternate curvatures in opposite directions; bent in a zigzag manner.
  • adj. Wavering; not steady; flickering.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Winding; bending about; having turns or windings.
  • Wavering; not steady; variable.
  • In botany, curved or bent alternately in opposite directions, as a stem or branch. Also flexuose.
  • In zoology, almost zigzag, but with rounded angles; between undulated and zigzag: as, a flexuous margin.

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

  • adj. having turns or windings


From Latin flexuōsus, from flexus, a bending, a turning, from past participle of flectere, to bend.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin flexuosus, from flexus ("bend"), from flectere ("bend"). (Wiktionary)


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  • flexuous adj, 1: having curves, turns, or windings. 2: lithe, or fluid in action or movement

    January 8, 2008