flex

When you flex something, you bend or contract it. To appear super tough, you might flex your archery bow while flexing your muscles.

Things curve and bend when they flex, whether they're human joints or objects made of a bendable material like plastic or soft wood. Another way to flex is to tense or contract a muscle: "The weightlifter flexes her biceps." Experts suspect that flexible came first, from the Latin root flexibilis, "flexible, pliant, or yielding," and figuratively, "tractable, or easily influenced."

Primary Meanings of flex

1.
vn
cause (a plastic object) to assume a crooked or angular form
the act of flexing
2.
v
contract
Full Definitions of flex
1

v cause (a plastic object) to assume a crooked or angular form

Synonyms:
bend, deform, turn, twist
Antonyms:
unbend
free from flexure
Types:
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dent, indent
make a depression into
incurvate
cause to curve inward
gnarl
twist into a state of deformity
crank
bend into the shape of a crank
convolute, convolve
curl, wind, or twist together
Type of:
change form, change shape, deform
assume a different shape or form

v form a curve

Synonyms:
bend
Antonyms:
straighten, unbend
straighten up or out; make straight
Types:
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crook, curve
bend or cause to bend
arc, arch, curve
form an arch or curve
incurvate
bend inwards
replicate, retroflex
bend or turn backward
angle, lean, slant, tilt, tip
to incline or bend from a vertical position
bend, bow, crouch, stoop
bend one's back forward from the waist on down
double, double over, double up
bend over or curl up, usually with laughter or pain
cower, crawl, creep, cringe, fawn, grovel
show submission or fear
curl, curl up, draw in
shape one's body into a curl
recurve
curve or bend (something) back or down
camber
curve upward in the middle
incline, pitch, slope
be at an angle
weather
cause to slope
heel, list
tilt to one side
lean back, recline
move the upper body backwards and down
squinch
crouch down
cower, huddle
crouch or curl up
Type of:
change form, change shape, deform
assume a different shape or form

v bend a joint

flex your wrists”
Synonyms:
bend
Type of:
move
move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

n the act of flexing

“he gave his biceps a flex to impress the ladies”
Type of:
flexion, flexure
act of bending a joint; especially a joint between the bones of a limb so that the angle between them is decreased
2

v contract

flex a muscle”
Type of:
contract, shrink
become smaller or draw together

v exhibit the strength of

“The victorious army flexes its invincibility”
Type of:
flash, flaunt, ostentate, show off, swank
display proudly; act ostentatiously or pretentiously

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