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adjective Heraldry.
  1. (of a human leg) depicted as bent at the knee.
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Origin of flexed

First recorded in 1515–25; flex1 + -ed2
Related formsun·flexed, adjective


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.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to bend.
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  1. the act of flexing.
  2. British.
    1. any flexible, insulated electric cord; an electric cord or extension cord.
    2. Slang.an elastic band, as a garter.
  3. Mathematics. an inflection point.
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Origin of flex

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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Related Words for flexed

tilt, tighten, lean, ply, angle, stretch, spring, curve, contract, crook, yield, mold

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British Dictionary definitions for flexed


  1. British a flexible insulated electric cable, used esp to connect appliances to mainsUS and Canadian name: cord
  2. informal flexibility or pliability
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  1. to bend or be benthe flexed his arm; his arm flexed
  2. to contract (a muscle) or (of a muscle) to contract
  3. (intr) to work according to flexitime
  4. to test or display (one's authority or strength)
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Word Origin for flex

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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

flexed in Medicine


  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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