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flexed

[flekst] /flɛkst/
adjective, Heraldry.
1.
(of a human leg) depicted as bent at the knee.
Origin of flexed
1515-1525
First recorded in 1515-25; flex1 + -ed2
Related forms
unflexed, adjective

flex1

[fleks] /flɛks/
verb (used with object)
1.
to bend, as a part of the body:
He flexed his arms to show off his muscles.
2.
to tighten (a muscle) by contraction.
verb (used without object)
3.
to bend.
noun
4.
the act of flexing.
5.
British.
  1. any flexible, insulated electric cord; an electric cord or extension cord.
  2. Slang. an elastic band, as a garter.
6.
Mathematics. an inflection point.
Origin
1515-25; (adj.) < Latin flexus, past participle of flectere to bend, turn; (noun) < Latin flexus act of bending, equivalent to flect(ere) + -tus suffix of v. action
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Examples from the Web for flexed
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  • He stood up, flexed his arms, while he grinned at Colonel Culver.

    Two Thousand Miles Below Charles Willard Diffin
  • He picked it up and flexed it a bit, as a man might flex a rapier to test its material.

    Islands of Space John W Campbell
  • He flexed his shoulder in a signal that meant he agreed with Rat's suggestion.

    Starman's Quest Robert Silverberg
  • They flexed their compelling muscles before her and bespoke her for the dance.

    The Four Million

    O. Henry
  • The fingers were flexed, but a slight increase of grip could be effected.

  • He flexed his right arm and regarded his biceps complacently.

    Legacy James H Schmitz
  • He flexed his fingers and his gun jumped in and out of his hand as he said it.

    Deathworld Harry Harrison
  • The left fore leg will be in advance of the right, and also flexed.

    Descriptive Zoopraxography Eadweard Muybridge
  • The knees were north; the body was on its left side and flexed.

    The Archaeology of the Yakima Valley Harlan Ingersoll Smith
British Dictionary definitions for flexed

flex

/flɛks/
noun
1.
(Brit) a flexible insulated electric cable, used esp to connect appliances to mains US and Canadian name cord
2.
(informal) flexibility or pliability
verb
3.
to bend or be bent: he flexed his arm, his arm flexed
4.
to contract (a muscle) or (of a muscle) to contract
5.
(intransitive) to work according to flexitime
6.
to test or display (one's authority or strength)
Word Origin
C16: from Latin flexus bent, winding, from flectere to bend, bow
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Word Origin and History for flexed

flex

v.

1520s, probably a back-formation from flexible. Related: Flexed; flexing.

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flexed in Medicine

flex (flěks)
v. flexed, flex·ing, flex·es

  1. To bend.

  2. To contract a muscle.

  3. To move a joint so that the parts it connects approach each other.

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