Definitions for: Flexure


[n] act of bending a joint; especially a joint between the bones of a limb so that the angle between them is decreased
[n] an angular or rounded shape made by folding; "a fold in the napkin"; "a crease in his trousers"; "a plication on her blouse"; "a flexure of the colon"; "a bend of his elbow"
[n] the state of being flexed (as of a joint)



Webster (1913) Definition: Flex"ure (?; 135), n. [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?
--Shak.

2. A turn; a bend; a fold; a curve.

Varying with the flexures of the valley through
which it meandered. --British
Quart. Rev.

3. (Zo["o]l.) 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.

Synonyms: bend, crease, crimp, flection, flexion, flexion, fold, plication

Antonyms: extension

See Also: angular shape, angularity, bending, dorsiflexion, flex, kink, physiological condition, physiological state, plait, pleat, pucker, ruck, twirl, twist

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