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  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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Related Words for flexure

direction, angle, trend, shift, curve, departure, spiral, twist, wind, reversal, swing, corner, spin, round, change, nod, trajectory, arc, arch, contour

Examples from the Web for flexure

Historical Examples of flexure

  • 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


  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


  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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