- the act of bending a limb.
- the position that a limb assumes when it is bent.
- Chiefly British. flection(defs 1–3).
Origin of flexion
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Examples from the Web for flexional
It will fare not otherwise, as I am bold to predict, with the flexional genitive, formed in s or es (see p. 161).English Past and Present
Richard Chevenix Trench
Feminine rhymes are indeed rarer than in Middle English poetry in consequence of the disuse of flexional endings.A History of English Versification
In the Greek dative-locative πόδ-εσ-σι, for example, the suffix -ες is classificatory; in the nominative πόδ-ες it is flexional.
Many of the classificatory and some of the flexional suffixes of Indo-European speech can be shown to have had this origin.
In this phrase, probably owing to confusion with we ynk(en), the verb often has no flexional ending; cp.
- the act of bending a joint or limb
- the condition of the joint or limb so bent
- a variant spelling of flection
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Word Origin and History for flexional
c.1600, from Latin flexionem (nominative flexio) "a bending, swaying; bend, turn, curve," noun of action from past participle stem of flectere "to bend" (see flexible).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The act of bending a joint or limb in the body by the action of flexors.
- The condition of being flexed or bent.
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