Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A curve, turn, or fold, such as a bend in a tubular organ.
  • noun The act or an instance of bending or flexing; flexion.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In geology, the folding or bending of strata under compression.
  • noun The act of bending, or the state of being bent; a bending; specifically, in mech., a strain in which certain planes are deformed into cylindrical or conical surfaces.
  • noun The part bent; a bend; a fold.
  • noun Obsequious bowing or cringing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of flexing or bending; a turning or curving; flexion; hence, obsequious bowing or bending.
  • noun A turn; a bend; a fold; a curve.
  • noun (Zoöl.) The last joint, or bend, of the wing of a bird.
  • noun (Astron.) The small distortion of an astronomical instrument caused by the weight of its parts; the amount to be added or substracted from the observed readings of the instrument to correct them for this distortion.
  • noun (Math.) the bending of a curve towards or from a straight line.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The act of bending or flexing; flexion.
  • noun A turn; a bend; a fold; a curve.
  • noun anatomy A curve or bend in a tubular organ.
  • noun zoology The last joint, or bend, of the wing of a bird.
  • noun astronomy The small distortion of an astronomical instrument caused by the weight of its parts; the amount to be added or subtracted from the observed readings of the instrument to correct them for this distortion.

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

  • noun act of bending a joint; especially a joint between the bones of a limb so that the angle between them is decreased
  • noun the state of being flexed (as of a joint)
  • noun an angular or rounded shape made by folding

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Latin flexura.

Examples

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  • It is caused by the expansion of bottom crevasses and tidal flexure along grounding lines, supported by water pressure in the crevasses.

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  • Flex Sig if done to the splenic flexure or about the 40 cm. levelat best may be 60 to 70% as sensitive as colonoscopy.

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  • Even stranger, a strong S-shaped flexure in the cervical series (not obvious in live animals because of pectoral air sacs) means that the anterior part of the neck can be rapidly retracted into the thorax.

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  • At the joints he diminished the flesh in order not to impede the flexure of the limbs, and also to avoid clogging the perceptions of the mind.

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  • Thus wishing to preserve the entire seed, he enclosed it in a stone-like casing, inserting joints, and using in the formation of them the power of the other or diverse as an intermediate nature, that they might have motion and flexure.

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  • 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.

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