Flexure Flex"ure (?; 135), n. [L. flexura.] 1. The act of flexing or bending; a turning or curving; flexion; hence, obsequious bowing or bending. [1913 Webster]

Will it give place to flexure and low bending? --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. A turn; a bend; a fold; a curve. [1913 Webster]

Varying with the flexures of the valley through which it meandered. --British Quart. Rev. [1913 Webster]

3. (Zo["o]l.) The last joint, or bend, of the wing of a bird. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

{The flexure of a curve} (Math.), the bending of a curve towards or from a straight line. [1913 Webster]

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