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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Flexure  \Flex"ure\  (?;  135),  n.  [L.  flexura.] 
  1.  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? 
  --Shak. 
 
  2.  A  turn;  a  bend;  a  fold;  a  curve. 
 
  Varying  with  the  flexures  of  the  valley  through 
  which  it  meandered.  --British 
  Quart.  Rev. 
 
  3.  (Zo["o]l.)  The  last  joint,  or  bend,  of  the  wing  of  a  bird. 
 
  4.  (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 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  flexure 
  n  :  an  angular  shape  made  by  folding  [syn:  {fold},  {crease},  {plication}, 
  {crimp},  {bend}] 




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