- 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 flexingMore example sentences
- All these bones articulate with other bones and are able to make tiny interdependent movements, as well as bend or flex themselves.
- 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.
- 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.
- 1.1 [with object] Cause (a muscle) to stand out by contracting or tensing it: a group of bodybuilders flexed their musclesMore example sentences
- They stood before them, flexing their godly muscles.
- But it is eerily impressive, like watching a brilliant young bodybuilder flexing his steroidal muscles.
- Loveable cartoon character Popeye always flexes his biceps when he wants to show off his muscles.
- 1.2 [no object] (Of a muscle) contract or be tensed: a muscle flexed in his jawMore example sentences
- End the movement with the dumbbell over your upper chest and with your pec muscles flexed as hard as possible.
- He was still standing there when she went back into her room, his arms crossed, the thick muscles of his biceps flexing.
- Jim's jaw muscle flexed and he continued to unwrap the shirt bits from Blair's arm.
- 1.3 [no object] (Of a material) be capable of warping or bending and then reverting to shape: set windows in rubber so they flex during an earthquakeMore example sentences
- Over time, as the boot leather flexes, stiffness decreases.
- An experienced player can tell by the stick's vibration whether or not the stick flexes too much.
- 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.
- 2 (as adjective flexed) Archaeology Relating to or denoting a practice of burying a corpse with the legs drawn up under the chin.More example sentences
- They did, however, think the skeletons looked very unusual, being very highly flexed, like Peruvian mummies.
- 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.
- Some adults and children were subject to secondary processing after initial burial in flexed or extended positions in pits located inside the house.
flex one's muscles
- see muscle.
early 16th century: from Latin flex- 'bent', from the verb flectere.
- A flexible insulated cable used for carrying electric current to an appliance.More example sentences
- Reading Crown Court was told that she took an electric flex intending to throttle the ripper.
- They had tied an electrical flex around the door to stop anyone entering.
- There was an electrical flex across the landing and the girl could have easily fallen down the stairs.
early 20th century: abbreviation of flexible.