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  • adj. of, or relating to, flexure

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of, pertaining to, or resulting from, flexure; of the nature of, or characterized by, flexure.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to flexure or the bending of an elastic solid; producing or tending to produce flexure: as, a flexural stress.


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  • These forces, known as flexural forces, consist of matching compressive and tensile forces.

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  • In particular, the scientists measured a feature called flexural rigidity - a combination of high bone density and large cross-sectional area that allows a bone to resist bending.

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  • Perhaps, because implementing the "flexural" model is tedious, specially if it is done in spreadsheets.

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  • Geologists often talk about the "flexural" link between tectonic loads and sedimentary basins, but they rarely do the math.

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  • More technically, the New Phytologist of October 2003 defines some of the traits shown in a study of sclerophylly: “Of the structural properties, strength, toughness and flexural stiffness each made substantial independent contributions to the variation in sclerophylly indices, but the best individual explanators were flexural stiffness and strength.”

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  • We find that the sudden relaxation of the curvature at the newly freed end leads to a burst of flexural waves, whose dynamics are described by a self-similar solution with no adjustable parameters.

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  • These flexural waves locally increase the curvature in the rod and we argue that this counter-intuitive mechanism is responsible for the fragmentation of brittle rods under bending.

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  • So what that tells the seismologists and geologists that this eruption, or I shouldn't say eruption, earthquake was due not so much from magma flowing underneath an active volcano, but from flexural bend of the earth's crust some 20 miles down.

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  • So with the earthquake happening there, away from the active volcanoes, what this, what geologists out of the University of Hawaii are thinking, this is probably due to the weight of the island, as it's built over the centuries, from these volcanoes, pressing down on the earth's crust, and flexural bent is the way he described it to me.

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  • They describe it as kind of a flexural (ph) bend of the Earth's crust, due to the weight of the islands themselves.

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