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


[fleks] /flɛks/
verb (used with object)
to bend, as a part of the body:
He flexed his arms to show off his muscles.
to tighten (a muscle) by contraction.
verb (used without object)
to bend.
the act of flexing.
  1. any flexible, insulated electric cord; an electric cord or extension cord.
  2. Slang. an elastic band, as a garter.
Mathematics. an inflection point.
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 Unabridged
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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


(Brit) a flexible insulated electric cable, used esp to connect appliances to mains US and Canadian name cord
(informal) flexibility or pliability
to bend or be bent: he flexed his arm, his arm flexed
to contract (a muscle) or (of a muscle) to contract
(intransitive) to work according to flexitime
to test or display (one's authority or strength)
Word Origin
C16: from Latin flexus bent, winding, from flectere to bend, bow
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for flexed



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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