The flexure of a curve
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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  • Axis of a curve — Curve Curve, n. [See {Curve}, a., {Cirb}.] 1. A bending without angles; that which is bent; a flexure; as, a curve in a railway or canal. [1913 Webster] 2. (Geom.) A line described according to some low, and having no finite portion of it a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Curve — Curve, n. [See {Curve}, a., {Cirb}.] 1. A bending without angles; that which is bent; a flexure; as, a curve in a railway or canal. [1913 Webster] 2. (Geom.) A line described according to some low, and having no finite portion of it a straight… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Curve of quickest descent — Curve Curve, n. [See {Curve}, a., {Cirb}.] 1. A bending without angles; that which is bent; a flexure; as, a curve in a railway or canal. [1913 Webster] 2. (Geom.) A line described according to some low, and having no finite portion of it a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Curve tracing — Curve Curve, n. [See {Curve}, a., {Cirb}.] 1. A bending without angles; that which is bent; a flexure; as, a curve in a railway or canal. [1913 Webster] 2. (Geom.) A line described according to some low, and having no finite portion of it a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • flexure — n. 1 a the act of bending or the condition of being bent. b a bend, curve, or turn. 2 Math. the curving of a line, surface, or solid, esp. from a straight line, plane, etc. 3 Geol. the bending of strata under pressure. Derivatives: flexural adj.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • flexure — A bend, as in an organ or structure. SYN: flexura [TA]. [L. flexura] anorectal f. [TA] the anteroposterior curve or angle, with convesity directed anteriorly, of the anorectal junction; tonus of the puborectalis (muscle) produces the …   Medical dictionary

  • flexure — noun a) The act of bending or flexing; flexion. b) A curve or bend in a tubular organ. See Also: flex, flexural, flexion …   Wiktionary

  • Plane curve — Curve Curve, n. [See {Curve}, a., {Cirb}.] 1. A bending without angles; that which is bent; a flexure; as, a curve in a railway or canal. [1913 Webster] 2. (Geom.) A line described according to some low, and having no finite portion of it a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sigmoid flexure — noun the s shaped curve between the descending colon and the rectum • Syn: ↑sigmoid colon • Hypernyms: ↑colon • Part Holonyms: ↑large intestine * * * noun 1. : an S shaped curve (as in …   Useful english dictionary

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