Flet to Fling
(Flet) p. p. of Fleet. Skimmed. [Obs.]
(Fletch) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Fletched ; p. pr. & vb. n. Fletching.] [F. flèche arrow.] To feather,
as an arrow. Bp. Warburton.
[Congress] fletched their complaint, by adding: "America loved his brother."Bancroft.
(Fletch"er) n. [OF. flechier.] One who fletches or feathers arrows; a manufacturer of bows and
arrows. [Obs.] Mortimer.
(Flete) v. i. [See Fleet, v. i.] To float; to swim. [Obs.] "Whether I sink or flete." Chaucer.
(Fle*tif"er*ous) a. [L. fletifer; fletus a weeping (from flere, fletum, to weep) + ferre to bear.]
Producing tears. [Obs.] Blount.
(||Fleur`-de-lis`) n.; pl. Fleurs-de-lis [F., flower of the lily. Cf. Flower-de-luce, Lily.]
1. (Bot.) The iris. See Flower-de-luce.
2. A conventional flower suggested by the iris, and having a form which fits it for the terminal decoration
of a scepter, the ornaments of a crown, etc. It is also a heraldic bearing, and is identified with the royal
arms and adornments of France.
(Fleur"y) a. [F. fleuri covered with flowers, p. p. of fleurir. See Flourish.] (Her.) Finished at
the ends with fleurs-de-lis; said esp. of a cross so decorated.
(Flew) imp. of Fly.
(Flewed) a. Having large flews. Shak.
(Flews) n. pl. The pendulous or overhanging lateral parts of the upper lip of dogs, especially
prominent in hounds; called also chaps. See Illust. of Bloodhound.
(Flex) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Flexed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Flexing.] [L. flexus, p. p. of flectere to bend,
perh. flectere and akin to falx sickle, E. falchion. Cf. Flinch.] To bend; as, to flex the arm.
(Flex), n. Flax. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Flex*an"i*mous) a. [L. flexanimus; flectere, flexum, to bend + animus mind.] Having
power to change the mind. [Obs.] Howell.
(Flex`i*bil"i*ty) n. [L. flexibilitas: cf. F. flexibilite.] The state or quality of being flexible; flexibleness; pliancy; pliability; as,
the flexibility of strips of hemlock, hickory, whalebone or metal, or of rays of light. Sir I. Newton.
All the flexibility of a veteran courtier.Macaulay.
(Flex"i*ble) a. [L. flexibilis: cf. F. flexible.]
1. Capable of being flexed or bent; admitting of being turned, bowed, or twisted, without breaking; pliable; yielding
to pressure; not stiff or brittle.
When the splitting windShak.
Makes flexible the knees of knotted oaks.