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Flexure  n.  
The act of flexing or bending; a turning or curving; flexion; hence, obsequious bowing or bending. "Will it give place to flexure and low bending?"
A turn; a bend; a fold; a curve. "Varying with the flexures of the valley through which it meandered."
(Zool.) The last joint, or bend, of the wing of a bird.
(Astron.) The small distortion of an astronomical instrument caused by the weight of its parts; the amount to be added or substracted from the observed readings of the instrument to correct them for this distortion.
The flexure of a curve (Math.), the bending of a curve towards or from a straight line.

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"Flexure" Quotes from Famous Books

... their defining power depends on the exquisite correctness of their optical surfaces. Grand instruments may possess the former quality in perfection by reason of their size, but the latter very imperfectly, either through want of original configuration, or distortion arising from flexure through their own weight. But, unless an instrument be perfect in this respect, as well as adequate in the other, it may fail to decompose a ...
— History of the Conflict Between Religion and Science • John William Draper

... several of your propositions startle me as paradoxical: that the martial clangour of a trumpet had something in it vastly more grand, heroic, and sublime than the twingle-twangle of a Jew's-harp; that the delicate flexure of a rose-twig, when the half-blown flower is heavy with the tears of the dawn, was infinitely more beautiful and elegant than the upright stub of a burdock; and that from something innate and independent ...
— Robert Burns • Principal Shairp

... efflorescence is continuous and universal; but more generally on the trunk of the body there are intervals of a natural hue between the patches, with papulous dots scattered over them, the colour being most deep on the loins and neighbouring parts, at the flexure of the joints, and upon those parts of the body which are subjected to pressure. It is also generally most vivid in the evening, ...
— The Maternal Management of Children, in Health and Disease. • Thomas Bull, M.D.

Words linked to "Flexure" :   pleat, twist, ruck, plication, angularity, physiological state, flexion, flex, sigmoid flexure, kink, bending, physical condition, twirl, angular shape, plait, dorsiflexion, physiological condition, pucker, flection, crease, crimp, extension, fold, bend

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