Main definitions of flex in English

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flex1

Pronunciation /fleks/ /flɛks/

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’
    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’
      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’
    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’
  • 2with object Put a (skill, talent, or ability) to use.

    ‘the talks were seen as a way for Merkel to flex her well-known diplomatic prowess’
    1. 2.1US informal Show (something) off; flaunt.
      ‘she flexes her power and success with a flick of her diamond-braceleted wrist’

noun

  • 1The action or state of flexing.

    ‘add rigidity and eliminate brake flex’
    • ‘This new Kenda has low, square knobs that eliminate knob flex and give positive, predictable traction on even the hardest surfaces.’
    • ‘The idea is to stabilize the scope tube and eliminate tube flex, which is still disaster for a scope.’
    • ‘The design adds tremendous strength to your whitewater stroke while retaining perfect flex.’
    • ‘It's also extremely supple and fast, boasting lots of flex and weighing just 10.2 ounces.’
    • ‘A ski this light with such forgiving flex would normally chatter out at the apex of a turn.’
    • ‘There's just enough flex for smoothing out chunky, frozen corn without being too soft for belly-drag carves.’
    • ‘ICC regulations state that pace bowlers are allowed 10 degrees of flex, medium pacers 7 1/2 degrees and spinners five.’
    • ‘For starters, the chainstays and seatstays have very nice dampening properties due to their S-Bend design, yet retain their ability to deflect torsional flex.’
    • ‘It should combine a powerful butt with sufficient tip flex for casting the intended lure.’
    • ‘In addition, the heel piece locks down in such a way that it cannot prerelease due to flex of the ski, and the touring heel lifter can't be inadvertently raised while downhill skiing.’
    • ‘Different strength springs providing different degrees of flex are available and selected according to the weight of the skier, not unlike an actual cross country ski.’
    • ‘One's shifts are laser-sharp every time, while the other's flex sometimes causes hesitation.’
    • ‘It is great at fighting flex, but it's heavy, ugly (in our opinion) and offers the fewest set up options offered by threadless stems.’
    • ‘The Revolver features a no-link rear dropout, so the entire rear triangle swings rigidly with only slight vertical flex required to follow the shock path.’
    • ‘Too much carbon wrapped around the barrel reduces the spring, making the bat too stiff, while an excess of fiberglass laid lengthwise would create too much flex.’
    • ‘While we wouldn't call it a noodle, it's not stunningly stiff: If you really yank on the hoods during a tough climb or torque the drops in a sprint, you feel flex.’
    • ‘Is farther or closer better for preventing flex?’
    • ‘And what design considerations were made to handle any flex?’
    • ‘It is stiff, but does allow enough flex for striding.’
    • ‘Surfers with experience pre-dating bodyboards are starting to re-investigate the limits of flex with custom surfmats.’
  • 2US informal A boastful statement or display.

    ‘ridiculous flexes of exorbitant wealth’
    ‘a sing-songy verse full of flexes and threats’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

flex

/fleks/ /flɛks/

Main definitions of flex in English

: flex1flex2

flex2

Pronunciation /fleks/ /flɛks/

noun

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

    cable, wire, lead, extension
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Origin

Early 20th century abbreviation of flexible.

Pronunciation

flex

/fleks/ /flɛks/