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. <zoology> The last joint, or bend, of the wing of a bird.

4. <astronomy> 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.

<mathematics> The flexure of a curve, the bending of a curve towards or from a straight line.

Origin: L. Flexura.

(01 Mar 1998)

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