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flexure

[flek-sher]
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noun
  1. the act of flexing or bending.
  2. the state of being flexed or bent.
  3. the part bent; bend; fold.
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Origin of flexure

First recorded in 1585–95, flexure is from the Latin word flexūra a bending, turning, winding. See flex1, -ure
Related formsflex·ur·al, adjective
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Examples from the Web for flexure

Historical Examples

  • If these shift when the points of support of the lens are shifted, flexure may be suspected.

    On Laboratory Arts

    Richard Threlfall

  • It is this flexure which causes the change in the position of the larva.

  • Their courses run somewhat independently of the lines of flexure.

    Finger Prints

    Francis Galton

  • The defect is most serious where wood is subjected to flexure, as in beams.

  • The flexure and sinking of the crust are undeniable realities.


British Dictionary definitions for flexure

flexure

noun
  1. the act of flexing or the state of being flexed
  2. a bend, turn, or fold
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Derived Formsflexural, adjective
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flexure in Medicine

flexure

(flĕkshər)
n.
  1. A bend or curve, as in a tubular organ.
  2. The act or an instance of bending.
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Related formsflexur•al adj.
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