- 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
- Informal. flexible: a flex program of workers' benefits.
Origin of flex2
- a combining form representing flexible in compound words: flextime.
Related Words for flextilt, tighten, lean, ply, angle, stretch, spring, curve, contract, crook, yield, mold
Examples from the Web for flex
Contemporary Examples of flex
Companies like Delta, Apple, and Nike flex their political muscle on behalf of gay rights.Corporations Are No Longer Silent on LGBT Issues
December 24, 2014
When it comes to tangible gifts, the sharing economy really starts to flex its holiday disrupting muscle.One of a Kind Gifts Are Only a Neighbor Away
December 8, 2014
Unlike Bond, constantly thwarting Soviet villains, Burlington never got a chance to flex its muscle.Britain’s Nuke-Proof Underground City
June 26, 2014
Do you find it more difficult to flex your comedy muscle versus your dramatic one?Life After ‘SVU’: Christopher Meloni on ‘They Came Together,’ Stabler, and His Famous Behind
June 21, 2014
But Sapan has yet to flex his holography skills with a sitting president.New York’s Hologram King Is Also the City’s Last Pro Holographer
May 27, 2014
Historical Examples of flex
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
The function of this tendon is to flex the foot at the fetlock.Special Report on Diseases of the Horse
United States Department of Agriculture
The Russians flex their 200-men muscles in an enclave in the Pristina airport.After the Rain
Her face was perfectly smooth, without a single hint of give or flex.Little Brother
When he was lying, he could flex the thigh and the legs slowly and feebly.Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:
Louis Marshall Warfield
- 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)
Word Origin for flex
1520s, probably a back-formation from flexible. Related: Flexed; flexing.
- To bend.
- To contract a muscle.
- To move a joint so that the parts it connects approach each other.