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flexed

[flekst] /flɛkst/
adjective, Heraldry.
1.
(of a human leg) depicted as bent at the knee.
Origin
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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Examples for flexed
  • When the knee is flexed a portion of the patellar surface is uncovered and is palpable.
  • When the knee is flexed the pulsation of the popliteal artery can easily be detected in the popliteal fossa.
  • When the forearm is flexed the upper quadrilateral surface is palpable, but during extension it recedes into the olecranon fossa.
  • He flexed his muscular arms, bent his knees, thought he could dodge an emu.
  • In the portrait, all you can see of him are his flexed arms and legs.
  • They rest with their elbows and knees loosely extended, while infants with normal tone tend to have flexed elbows and knees.
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
1520s, probably a back formation from flexibility. 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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