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Origin of flex

1
First recorded in 1515–25; (adjective) from Latin flexus, past participle of flectere “to bend, turn”; (noun) from Latin flexus act of bending, equivalent to flect(ere) + -tus suffix of verbal action

Other definitions for flex (2 of 3)

flex2
[ fleks ]
/ flɛks /

adjective
Informal. flexible: a flex program of workers' benefits.

Origin of flex

2
Shortening of flexible

Other definitions for flex (3 of 3)

flex-

a combining form representing flexible in compound words: flextime.
Also flexi-.
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British Dictionary definitions for flex

flex
/ (flɛks) /

noun
British a flexible insulated electric cable, used esp to connect appliances to mainsUS and Canadian name: cord
informal flexibility or pliability
verb
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

C16: from Latin flexus bent, winding, from flectere to bend, bow
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Medical definitions for flex

flex
[ flĕks ]

v.
To bend.
To contract a muscle.
To move a joint so that the parts it connects approach each other.
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