from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Anatomy The act of bending a joint or limb in the body by the action of flexors.
  • n. Anatomy The resulting condition of being bent.
  • n. A part that is bent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of bending a joint, especially a bone joint. The counteraction of extension.
  • n. Alternative spelling of flection.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of flexing or bending; a turning.
  • n. A bending; a part bent; a fold.
  • n. Syntactical change of form of words, as by declension or conjugation; inflection.
  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • etc. See flection, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the state of being flexed (as of a joint)
  • n. act of bending a joint; especially a joint between the bones of a limb so that the angle between them is decreased
  • n. deviation from a straight or normal course


Latin flexiō, flexiōn-, a bending, from flexus, past participle of flectere, to bend.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin flexiō. (Wiktionary)



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  • Nor does this--its amazing strength, at all tend to cripple the graceful flexion of its motions ...

    - Melville, Moby-Dick, ch. 86

    July 26, 2008