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flexed

[flekst] /flɛkst/
adjective, Heraldry.
1.
(of a human leg) depicted as bent at the knee.
Origin of flexed
1515-1525
1515-25; flex1 + -ed2
Related forms
unflexed, adjective

flex1

[fleks] /flɛks/
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.
verb (used without object)
3.
to bend.
noun
4.
the act of flexing.
5.
British.
  1. any flexible, insulated electric cord; an electric cord or extension cord.
  2. Slang. an elastic band, as a garter.
6.
Mathematics. an inflection point.
Origin
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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  • I pulled up my sleeve and showed a biceps so attenuated that when I flexed it it had the appearance of a string.

  • He picked it up and flexed it a bit, as a man might flex a rapier to test its material.

    Islands of Space John W Campbell
  • He drew himself out of the hole, and flexed and tensed his muscles until his physical vigor returned.

    The Guns of Europe Joseph A. Altsheler
  • They flexed their compelling muscles before her and bespoke her for the dance.

    The Four Million

    O. Henry
  • Dodeth, his thoughts interrupted, slid off the back of the robot and flexed his legs.

    The Asses of Balaam Gordon Randall Garrett
  • The fingers were flexed, but a slight increase of grip could be effected.

  • He flexed his mighty arms, and ran his blood-stained fingers through his thick black locks, as if feeling there his re-won crown.

    The Hour of the Dragon Robert E. Howard
  • The knees were north; the body was on its left side and flexed.

    The Archaeology of the Yakima Valley Harlan Ingersoll Smith
  • The doorway filled with flexing muscles that flexed in vain, but somewhat at a disadvantage by the strictly static tableaux.

    The Short Life Francis Donovan
British Dictionary definitions for flexed

flex

/flɛks/
noun
1.
(Brit) a flexible insulated electric cable, used esp to connect appliances to mains US and Canadian name cord
2.
(informal) flexibility or pliability
verb
3.
to bend or be bent: he flexed his arm, his arm flexed
4.
to contract (a muscle) or (of a muscle) to contract
5.
(intransitive) to work according to flexitime
6.
to test or display (one's authority or strength)
Word Origin
C16: from Latin flexus bent, winding, from flectere to bend, bow
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Word Origin and History for flexed

flex

v.

1520s, probably a back-formation from flexible. Related: Flexed; flexing.

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flexed in Medicine

flex (flěks)
v. flexed, flex·ing, flex·es

  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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