from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Bending or winding alternately from side to side; sinuous.
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- 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
But man himself cannot express love and humility by external signs, so plainly as does a dog, when with drooping ears, hanging lips, flexuous body, and wagging tail, he meets his beloved master.
Elsewhere it looked flexuous, here it looked vermiculated and lumpy, and her marine experiences suggested to her in a moment that two currents met and caused a turmoil at this place.
What a kitten-like, flexuous, tender creature she was!
For physic carrieth men in narrow and restrained ways, subject to many accidents and impediments, imitating the ordinary flexuous courses of nature.
Bo had a flexuous and finely-drawn figure not unreminiscent of many a vanished knight and dame, her remote progenitors, whose dust now mouldered in many churchyards.
-- Stem about 8 in. wide and long; globose, bearing fourteen to sixteen ridges, the edges of which are wavy or undulated, the prominent points crowned with tufts of thin, flexuous, yellow spines, the longest 1½ in., and hooked, the shorter ¾ in., and straight.
Branches numerous, flexuous, with small branchlets or joints springing from the ends in clusters, smooth, round, the thickness of whipcord, leafless, with numerous brown, dot-like marks scattered over the surface; under a lens these dots are seen to be tufts of very fine hairs.
_Spikes_ are from 1/2 to 2 inches; _rachis_ is slender, flexuous, flattened, scaberulous, with a few long hairs scattered singly along the margins or without these hairs.
The _inflorescence_ is a raceme of spikes, varying from 1-1/2 to 3-1/2 inches, with the spikes mostly densely arranged, though occasionally distant and not close-set, on a long; slender, puberulous or scaberulous peduncle; _rachis_ is flexuous, flattened, grooved and scaberulous.
Spikes or branches are slender, alternate, 1 to 2-1/2 inches, becoming shorter upwards, thickened and puberulous at the base, and the secondary rachis is flexuous, grooved, angular, and obscurely pubescent.