Pronunciation Noun


  1. (uncountable) Flexibility, pliancy.
  2. (countable) The or an act of flexing.
    • 2002, Gary Noy, Red Dirt: A Journey of Discovery in the Landscape of Imagination, California's Gold Country, iUniverse (ISBN 9780595222766), page 144:
      The hills become more rounded. The slopes are either the stooped shoulders of an aging colossus or the muscular flexes of a geologic youngster, but they are pleasant, comforting. This landscape is what most would think of […]
  3. (uncountable, chiefly, British) Any flexible insulated electrical wiring.
  4. (countable, geometry) A point of inflection.
  5. (countable, slang) The act of flaunting something; something one considers impressive.
    • 2017, "Mogul Bites", Black American Moguls, Fall 2017, page 6 ↗:
      Getting together with other power players at Masa is the ultimate flex of conspicuous consumption. […] A party of five or more requires a deposit of $200 per person at least one week prior to the reservation.
    • 2019, Seth Sommerfeld, "Worldwide Web", Inlander, 4 July 2019 - 10 July 2019, page 37 ↗:
      It's an achievement to stand out from other Marvel movies in terms of special effects, but this whole movie feels like a flex for those computer wizards.
    • 2020, Daniel Varghese, "Aesop's Hand Sanitizer Is a Flex for an Anxious Time ↗", GQ, 6 March 2020
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  • German: Anschlusskabel

flex (flexes, present participle flexing; past and past participle flexed)

  1. (transitive) To bend something.
  2. (transitive) To repeatedly bend one of one's joints.
  3. (transitive) To move part of the body using one's muscles.
  4. (intransitive) To tighten the muscles for display of size or strength.
  5. (intransitive, slang, by extension) To flaunt one's superiority.
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