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Webster 1913 Edition


Flexure

Flex′ure

(?; 135)
,
Noun.
[L.
flexura
.]
1.
The act of flexing or bending; a turning or curving; flexion; hence, obsequious bowing or bending.
Will it give place to
flexure
and low bending?
Shakespeare
2.
A turn; a bend; a fold; a curve.
Varying with the
flexures
of the valley through which it meandered.
British Quart. Rev.
3.
(Zool.)
The last joint, or bend, of the wing of a bird.
4.
(Astron.)
The small distortion of an astronomical instrument caused by the weight of its parts; the amount to be added or substracted from the observed readings of the instrument to correct them for this distortion.
The flexure of a curve
(Math.)
,
the bending of a curve towards or from a straight line.

Webster 1828 Edition


Flexure

FLEX'URE

,
Noun.
[L. flexura.]
1.
A winding or bending; the form of bending; as the flexure of a joint.
2.
The act of bending.
3.
The part bent; a joint.
4.
The bending of the body; obsequious or servile cringe.

Definition 2022


flexure

flexure

English

Noun

flexure (plural flexures)

  1. The act of bending or flexing; flexion.
  2. A turn; a bend; a fold; a curve.
    • British Quarterly Review
      Varying with the flexures of the valley through which it meandered.
  3. (anatomy) A curve or bend in a tubular organ.
  4. (zoology) The last joint, or bend, of the wing of a bird.
  5. (astronomy) The small distortion of an astronomical instrument caused by the weight of its parts; the amount to be added or subtracted from the observed readings of the instrument to correct them for this distortion.

Related terms

References

  • The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition (2000).


Latin

Participle

flexūre

  1. vocative masculine singular of flexūrus