Flexure

Flex"ure

(?; 135), n. [L. flexura.] 1. The act of flexing or bending; a turning or curving; flexion; hence, obsequious bowing or bending.
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Will it give place to flexure and low bending?
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2. A turn; a bend; a fold; a curve.
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Varying with the flexures of the valley through which it meandered.
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3. (Zol.) The last joint, or bend, of the wing of a bird.
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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.
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The flexure of a curve (Math.), the bending of a curve towards or from a straight line.
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