- (of a human leg) depicted as bent at the knee.
Origin of flexed
- to bend, as a part of the body: He flexed his arms to show off his muscles.
- to tighten (a muscle) by contraction.
- to bend.
- the act of flexing.
- any flexible, insulated electric cord; an electric cord or extension cord.
- Slang.an elastic band, as a garter.
- Mathematics. an inflection point.
Origin of flex1
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
Ever obliging, Springsteen then flexed all the right things on a paddle board.Bruce Springsteen’s Bond Moment: The Boss’ Body Beautiful at 64
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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
They flexed their compelling muscles before her and bespoke her for the dance.The Four Million
The fingers were flexed, but a slight increase of grip could be effected.Surgical Experiences in South Africa, 1899-1900
George Henry Makins
- British a flexible insulated electric cable, used esp to connect appliances to mainsUS and Canadian name: cord
- informal flexibility or pliability
- to bend or be benthe flexed his arm; his arm flexed
- to contract (a muscle) or (of a muscle) to contract
- (intr) to work according to flexitime
- to test or display (one's authority or strength)
C16: from Latin flexus bent, winding, from flectere to bend, bow
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Word Origin and History for flexed
1520s, probably a back-formation from flexible. Related: Flexed; flexing.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To bend.
- To contract a muscle.
- To move a joint so that the parts it connects approach each other.
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