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From Latin flexura.


  • IPA(key): /ˈflɛkʃə(ɹ)/, /ˈflɛksjʊə(ɹ)/


flexure (countable and uncountable, plural flexures)

  1. The act of bending or flexing; flexion.
  2. A turn; a bend; a fold; a curve.
    • 1860, “Glaciers”, in British Quarterly Review:
      varying with the flexures of the valley through which it meandered
  3. (anatomy) A curve or bend in a tubular organ.
    • 1681, Nehemiah Grew, “The Comparative Anatomy of Stomachs and Guts Begun. Being Several Lectures Read before the Royal Society in the Year, 1676. Chapter I. Of the Stomachs and Guts of Six Carnivorous Quadrupeds; sc. The Weesle, Fitchet, Polecat, Cat, Dog and Fox.”, in Musæum Regalis Societatis. Or A Catalogue & Description of the Natural and Artificial Rarities Belonging to the Royal Society and Preserved at Gresham Colledge. [], London: [] W. Rawlins, for the author, →OCLC, page 1:
      The Stomach [of a weasel] about three inches long; proportionably, more than a Dogs. An inch in Diametre at the upper Orifice; and the nether, ¼; having a flexure towards its Conjunction with the Guts: ſhaped like to the body of a pair of Bag-Pipes.
  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.

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flexure (third-person singular simple present flexures, present participle flexuring, simple past and past participle flexured)

  1. To introduce a flexure into; to bend or flex.


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

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for “flexure”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.)



flexure f (plural flexures)

  1. (geology) flexure

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  1. vocative masculine singular of flexūrus