2. Willing or ready to yield to the influence of others; not invincibly rigid or obstinate; tractable; manageable; ductile; easy
and compliant; wavering.
Phocion was a man of great severity, and no ways flexible to the will of the people.Bacon.
Women are soft, mild, pitiful, and flexible.Shak.
3. Capable or being adapted or molded; plastic,; as, a flexible language.
This was a principle more flexible to their purpose.Rogers.
Syn. Pliant; pliable; supple; tractable; manageable; ductile; obsequious; inconstant; wavering.
Flex"i*ble*ness, n. Flex"i*bly, adv.
(Flex`i*cos"tate) a. [L. flexus bent + E. costate.] (Anat.) Having bent or curved ribs.
(Flex"ile) a. [L. flexilis.] Flexible; pliant; pliable; easily bent; plastic; tractable. Wordsworth.
(Flex"ion) n. [L. flexio: cf. F. flexion.]
1. The act of flexing or bending; a turning.
2. A bending; a part bent; a fold. Bacon.
3. (Gram.) Syntactical change of form of words, as by declension or conjugation; inflection.
Express the syntactical relations by flexion.Sir W. Hamilton.
4. (Physiol.) The bending of a limb or joint; that motion of a joint which gives the distal member a continually
decreasing angle with the axis of the proximal part; distinguished from extension.
(Flex"or) n. [NL.] (Anat.) A muscle which bends or flexes any part; as, the flexors of the arm or
the hand; opposed to extensor.
(Flex"u*ose`) a. Flexuous.
(Flex"u*ous) a. [L. flexuosus, fr. flexus a bending, turning.]
1. Having turns, windings, or flexures.
2. (Bot.) Having alternate curvatures in opposite directions; bent in a zigzag manner.
3. Wavering; not steady; flickering. Bacon.
(Flex"u*ral) a. [From Flexure.] Of, pertaining to, or resulting from, flexure; of the nature of, or
characterized by, flexure; as, flexural elasticity.
(Flex"ure) 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.