Main definitions of flex in English

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flex1

verb

  • 1(with reference to a limb or joint) bend or become bent.

    with object ‘she saw him flex his ankle and wince’
    no object ‘it's important to prevent the damaged wrist from flexing’
    • ‘I sat up slowly from my huddled position in the corner, flexing my pained ankle experimentally, and my movement caught the attention of my protector.’
    • ‘The boy gingerly flexed his fingers; testing out his healed hand… everything seemed fine.’
    • ‘Bend the main joint, flex another smaller joint to propel the body forward, then stop the motion by repeating it again.’
    • ‘As you flex your ankles, knees and hips, the angle of your front shin with the ground should match the angle of your spine with the ground.’
    • ‘He flexed his ankle, silently thanking God that it had held out thus far in the evening.’
    • ‘Then flex your wrists to bring your fingertips toward your chest.’
    • ‘All these bones articulate with other bones and are able to make tiny interdependent movements, as well as bend or flex themselves.’
    • ‘Thanks to exercise classes, an eighty-something tests a newly replaced knee and another happily flexes both arthritic ankles.’
    • ‘She groaned as she flexed her right ankle, it figured, she'd twisted it when she fell.’
    • ‘Gently flex your left foot and rotate your hip outward so that your foot is pointing to 11 o'clock.’
    • ‘Sitting at one of the long plastic tables in the cafeteria, Chelsea Stanford takes the opportunity to flex her ankle a few times.’
    • ‘Throughout the match he struggled to unleash the ball in excess of 100 mph, and more than once he flexed the troublesome joint while grimacing in pain.’
    • ‘Exercising the calf muscles every half hour while seated by spending a few minutes flexing and rotating the ankles is also recommended to reduce the effects of stasis.’
    • ‘As you initiate your turn your leg should be long with your hips up. Work the turn from there by flexing your ankles first then your knees next until you reach the end of your turn.’
    • ‘As you flex your ankle, knee, and hip, your core will fall forward.’
    • ‘Land softly by flexing your ankles, as if you were in a second floor apartment and didn't want to wake your neighbors downstairs.’
    • ‘And yes, while the splendour of Holme oaks, Magnolia grandiflora, Acacia and Eucalyptus is undisputed, they must be allowed room to flex their limbs to best advantage.’
    • ‘He listens to my belly, then takes me by the ankle, extending and flexing my hip.’
    • ‘Over the last few days I've been thinking about all the things I won't be able to do with the limb; flex my ankle, wiggle my toes, point my foot left and right.’
    • ‘Kel gingerly flexed the fingers of her right hand while her mind raced for an answer.’
    bend, curve, crook, hook, cock, angle, kink, buckle, double up
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    1. 1.1with object Cause (a muscle) to stand out by contracting or tensing it.
      ‘a group of bodybuilders flexed their muscles’
      • ‘Loveable cartoon character Popeye always flexes his biceps when he wants to show off his muscles.’
      • ‘The sun rose from behind the buildings, like a troll flexing his muscles.’
      • ‘Ask a five-year-old to ‘make a muscle,’ and he'll automatically flex his biceps.’
      • ‘Builders in this country (if they can find enough of them) are well known for flexing their muscle for extra money when things are running late, over budget and completion is near.’
      • ‘Paul was standing in front of a mirror flexing his invisible muscles without a shirt on.’
      • ‘Flex your biceps throughout each rep to make the movement stricter and harder.’
      • ‘Five of my football buddies and I stood hunched over flexing our biceps.’
      • ‘The farm lobby and employers in other industries are now flexing their muscle even more - hoping to expand the number of guestworkers and relax the rules currently in place.’
      • ‘Analysts say the former body builder and Hollywood icon is flexing political muscles not seen for years in California.’
      • ‘They stood before them, flexing their godly muscles.’
      • ‘Williams also enjoys flexing her acting muscles.’
      • ‘The muscular fellow grinned at the women gathered on both sides of the cheetah and then flexed his muscles.’
      • ‘‘I'm rich beyond my wildest dreams,’ he told the gathered throng, flexing the muscles and exercising the tattoos exposed by his Motley Crue singlet.’
      • ‘I stand on my tip-toes and flex every muscle in my body that I can.’
      • ‘Every day, as part of my idiosyncratic diet and fitness regime, I jog past Muscle Beach on my way to the pizza parlour - while muscular guys flex their pecs at me in disgust.’
      • ‘This had been a clear case of the Bulls flexing their considerable muscle (and finding new muscles they didn't think they had) ahead of this week's grudge match against the Rhinos.’
      • ‘But in his spare time the fitness fan endures a gruelling exercise and diet regime to ensure he is a top-class body-builder and he is now in the process of flexing his pecs to take on Europe and the World.’
      • ‘My Dad kept an old photo in his sock drawer of himself on muscle-beach, shirtless, flexing his biceps…’
      • ‘But it is eerily impressive, like watching a brilliant young bodybuilder flexing his steroidal muscles.’
      • ‘Anyway, Josh ran his fingers through his golden curls and subtly flexed his biceps.’
      tighten, tauten, make taut, tense, tense up, tension, contract, stiffen, brace, knot
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    2. 1.2no object (of a muscle) contract or be tensed.
      ‘a muscle flexed in his jaw’
      • ‘He was still standing there when she went back into her room, his arms crossed, the thick muscles of his biceps flexing.’
      • ‘Quinn shouted back, his muscles flexing as he forced Rolandon back onto the door.’
      • ‘His muscles flexed and tensed and for a moment, Lena thought that this is what the gods had made him for.’
      • ‘Paula said you have a muscle flexing in your throat.’
      • ‘Greg could see Vincent's muscles flexing, the sword pushing out against the wires wrapping around it, stretching the metal cord.’
      • ‘Start with your body motionless, your legs hanging down and your abs slightly flexed.’
      • ‘End the movement with the dumbbell over your upper chest and with your pec muscles flexed as hard as possible.’
      • ‘Muscles flexing, waiting, twitching, he has pounced on a starling, dispatched it with a single bite, and carried the limp lifeless thing away.’
      • ‘Jim's jaw muscle flexed and he continued to unwrap the shirt bits from Blair's arm.’
      • ‘His muscles flexed to where you could see the very veins popping out.’
      • ‘I noticed how his calf muscles would flex as he pedalled.’
      • ‘The man continued to stare, the muscles of his jaw flexing.’
      • ‘He yawned and stretched, muscles flexing as he did so.’
      • ‘Next, you're warm because that big heart muscle is flexing maybe two, three times a second.’
      • ‘She feels his muscles flexing from time to time across her skin and he can feel her soft fur.’
      • ‘His tears became his master, his chest heaved, his muscles flexed and tightened, his teeth clenched threatening to break his jaw bone.’
      • ‘Her muscles flexed at every move, growing tired.’
      • ‘In the dull, blue silence, time slows, muscles twist and flex, ribs contract.’
      • ‘Rockus appeared through the doorway, his muscles flexing with adrenaline.’
      • ‘Slowly but surely the pale man, his muscles flexing under tight pale skin, walked to me.’
    3. 1.3no object (of a material) be capable of warping or bending and then reverting to shape.
      ‘set windows in rubber so they flex during an earthquake’
      • ‘Following the sound of flexing paper, there were two sharp intakes of breath and the light was mercifully aimed lower, pointing at his feet.’
      • ‘This does mean that you need to take a little care when plugging in drive connectors, as the board may flex a bit.’
      • ‘The air flexed outwards from the tip of the staff, stealing the breath from the room.’
      • ‘The inner timber tracery is carried by the steel structure and will flex with the steel stems.’
      • ‘A collective puff of expelled breath flexed through the courtyard, liberated pirates rubbing their eyes to be certain the welcome, if not morbid, sight was real.’
      • ‘When metal flexes, it makes noise, like a metal clicker toy.’
      • ‘Over time, as the boot leather flexes, stiffness decreases.’
      • ‘Members were inclined to apply the architects' description of bamboo as ‘a material that flexes but does not fracture’ to the school as a model for others.’
      • ‘The same property of the material that allows it to flex under recoil will also make it return to its original position when the recoil stress is passed.’
      • ‘The decks expand by four centimetres, the arch can flex by eighteen depending on temperature.’
      • ‘His Bilbao Guggenheim showed the potential of a seemingly incorrosible material, flexing shiny in the sun.’
      • ‘For example, when pushing RAM into any of the slots, the board will flex alarmingly due to not being supported on the extreme right side.’
      • ‘His right hand grasped slightly against the three match books, and their delicate paper flexed slightly.’
      • ‘We realized that fabric ducts would solve several of these problems because of their lower weight and because they can easily flex with building movement.’
      • ‘An experienced player can tell by the stick's vibration whether or not the stick flexes too much.’
      • ‘But when magnetic force pulls on the spider, it flexes like a pie tin, snapping away from the seat to open the valve.’
      • ‘The property of elasticity allows the ball to retain kinetic energy during a collision by having the ability to flex without breaking and then return to its original shape.’
      • ‘I recall a car that flexed and twisted around corners so much that it was noticeable through the steering wheel.’
      • ‘Any roofless car will flex in the bends and on oddly-cambered roads, and the 307 CC is no exception.’
      • ‘I could hear it sing out and howl as the metals within twisted and bent, flexing with the current.’
  • 2as adjective flexedArchaeology
    Relating to or denoting a practice of burying a corpse with the legs drawn up under the chin.

    • ‘They did, however, think the skeletons looked very unusual, being very highly flexed, like Peruvian mummies.’
    • ‘Based on the total burial count, this list provides a 3: 5 ratio of flexed to bundled burials.’
    • ‘Some adults and children were subject to secondary processing after initial burial in flexed or extended positions in pits located inside the house.’
    • ‘Despite the length of the pit, the proximity of these articulated extremities and the ilium shows that the primary burial was in a flexed position prior to disturbance.’
    • ‘The mortuary program incorporated a variety of burial modes, including extended and flexed primary, bundle, and cremation.’

Origin

Early 16th century: from Latin flex- ‘bent’, from the verb flectere.

Pronunciation

flex

/flɛks/

Main definitions of flex in English

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noun

British
  • A flexible insulated cable used for carrying electric current to an appliance.

    • ‘Rise and fall flexes from pendant lights mean you can pull the light down for atmosphere and push up for more general light.’
    • ‘The flex from a deep fat fryer was over the hob and set the fryer alight.’
    • ‘Why do things come with black flexes when most of these things are in neutral colours?’
    • ‘Also check the flex, to make sure it is not frayed or broken.’
    • ‘There was an electrical flex across the landing and the girl could have easily fallen down the stairs.’
    • ‘So then I took out one of the wires that came with the phone - there were about four miles of flex from which to choose - hard-linked the two devices and tried to forge a link with the net.’
    • ‘Electrical flex was tied around his wrists.’
    • ‘They had tied an electrical flex around the door to stop anyone entering.’
    • ‘There is little point in attempting anything practical: boiling a kettle on the living room floor is ill-advised with three pre-schoolers tugging at the flex.’
    • ‘One important improvement from the earlier model is better support for the keyboard, which eliminates an annoying flex while typing.’
    • ‘The centre has such unique specialities as rain leaking down flex to electric light points.’
    • ‘The next step was to take the plug off the flex of the pump, and thread it through the exiguous drainage hole.’
    • ‘Did someone trip over the flex and pull the plug out of the wall by mistake?’
    • ‘Reading Crown Court was told that she took an electric flex intending to throttle the ripper.’
    • ‘He was very impressive - and cheap - and even fitted the fan that the electrician had left dangling precariously by a live flex at no extra cost.’
    • ‘I was utterly convinced that there was a 60s-style one-bar heater abandoned there, complete with electric flex.’
    cable, wire, lead, extension
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Origin

Early 20th century: abbreviation of flexible.

Pronunciation

flex

/flɛks/