flexible

Definitions

  • A Special 2-Rail Flexible Transfer Truck
    A Special 2-Rail Flexible Transfer Truck
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj flexible bending and snapping back readily without breaking
    • adj flexible able to flex; able to bend easily "slim flexible birches"
    • adj flexible capable of being changed "flexible schedules"
    • adj flexible making or willing to make concessions "loneliness tore through him...whenever he thought of...even the compromising Louis du Tillet"
    • adj flexible able to adjust readily to different conditions "an adaptable person","a flexible personality","an elastic clause in a contract"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Flexible Capable of being flexed or bent; admitting of being turned, bowed, or twisted, without breaking; pliable; yielding to pressure; not stiff or brittle. "When the splitting wind
      Makes flexible the knees of knotted oaks."
    • Flexible Capable or being adapted or molded; plastic,; as, a flexible language. "This was a principle more flexible to their purpose."
    • Flexible Willing or ready to yield to the influence of others; not invincibly rigid or obstinate; tractable; manageable; ductile; easy and compliant; wavering. "Phocion was a man of great severity, and no ways flexible to the will of the people.""Women are soft, mild, pitiful, and flexible ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • flexible Capable of being bent or changed in figure without breaking; specifically, not stiff; pliant; easily bent: as, a flexible rod; a flexible plant.
    • flexible Capable of yielding to entreaties, arguments, or other moral force; that may be persuaded to compliance; not invincibly rigid or obstinate; not inexorable; ductile; manageable; tractable.
    • flexible That may be adapted or accommodated; capable of receiving different forms, or of being applied to a variety of uses; plastic: as, a flexible language; a flexible text.
    • flexible In music, able to execute or perform with rapidity: particularly used of the voice.
    • flexible Synonyms Pliable, supple, limber, lithe, facile, adaptable.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Flexible easily bent: pliant: docile
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Quotations

  • Marguerite Gardiner Blessington
    Marguerite Gardiner Blessington
    “The chief prerequisite for a escort is to have a flexible conscience and an inflexible politeness.”
  • Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
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    “The conscience is the most flexible material in the world. Today you cannot stretch it over a mole hill; while tomorrow it can hide a mountain.”
  • Anthony Robbins
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    “If you are truly flexible and go until... there is really very little you can't accomplish in your lifetime.”
  • Brubaker Movie
    Brubaker Movie
    “You may be flexible on strategy, but must remain consistent on principle!”
  • Sydney Smith
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    “It is safest to be moderately base -- to be flexible in shame, and to be always ready for what is generous, good and just, when anything is to be gained by virtue.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. flexibilis,: cf. F. flexible,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. flexibilis, flexilisflectĕre, flexum, to bend.

Usage

In literature:

His thin, flexible lips seemed admirably adapted for this purpose.
"Ilka on the Hill-Top and Other Stories" by Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen
The steel was flexible and true.
"The Free Rangers" by Joseph A. Altsheler
As we have seen, the essence of the state of strategic deployment to which it leads is flexibility.
"Some Principles of Maritime Strategy" by Julian Stafford Corbett
These bones are fastened together, forming an upright and flexible column, which makes me erect and graceful.
"Object Lessons on the Human Body" by Sarah F. Buckelew and Margaret W. Lewis
This transmitter, it will be seen, has two flexible mica washers between the electrodes and the walls of the electrode cup.
"Cyclopedia of Telephony & Telegraphy Vol. 1" by Kempster Miller
The changes which these flexible quantities undergo will here only be indicated.
"Harvard Psychological Studies, Volume 1" by Various
Constant practise will give great facility in the use of inflection and will render the voice itself flexible.
"The Art of Public Speaking" by Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
In size it equals a large cat, the tail being about fifteen inches long, very flexible and covered with scales.
"Camp Life in the Woods and the Tricks of Trapping and Trap Making" by William Hamilton Gibson
The spinal cord also needs the protection which it finds in the strong but flexible back-bone.
"First Book in Physiology and Hygiene" by J.H. Kellogg
A flexible attitude of mind is more likely to win an opponent to your way of thinking.
"Talks on Talking" by Grenville Kleiser
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In poetry:

And for the sake of Jesus, God's own Heavens
Are softly set upon a thousand hinges
Of mercy, ever flexible, ever bowing
Flexible downward to the contrite ones.
"The Churchyard: Night The Third" by Thomas Aird
Let verse of yours be flexible, but strong,
Strong as a poplar under valley's cover,
Strong as the earth under a plough, long,
Strong as a girl, who never knew a lover.
"To a Poet" by Nikolai Stepanovich Gumilev
To think that the sun rose in the east! that men and women were
flexible, real, alive! that everything was alive!
To think that you and I did not see, feel, think, nor bear our part!
To think that we are now here, and bear our part!
"To Think Of Time" by Walt Whitman

In news:

AC600 series chemical workstations offer flexibility and mobility for today's ever-changing laboratory environment.
The ZM Series indicators from Avery Weigh-Tronix combines unprecedented connectivity with superior durability to maximize industrial application flexibility.
Guaranteed return, tax benefits, flexible options.
The last step in the drill is to simply rotate your shoulders 90 degrees or as much as your flexibility will allow.
Flexible die specialist Electro Optic has opened its new US production plant in Alpharetta, GA, earlier this year.
Move will allow Columbia Chemical to remain independent and flexible, principals said.
Fencing requires strength, stamina, flexibility and mental toughness.
The housing features another flexible production option for a group of long-lasting valves that can operate under maximized pressure ratings, according to the manufacturer.
The latest release provides additional capabilities to provide "greater visibility into the endpoints and increased user flexibility, as well as improved inspection performance".
SafeSiders and the Endo-Express provide increased flexibility without sacrificing strength and offer faster advancement with less resistance.
Revision of D3675 - 11 Standard Test Method for Surface Flammability of Flexible Cellular Materials Using a Radiant Heat Energy Source.
It should be flat and flexible enough to bend slightly without breaking.
Flexible sigmoidoscopy ( May 21, 2012 ).
Working flexibly can cut stress.
The first substantial revenues for flexible glass are likely to come from lightweight display, solar and lighting panels.
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In science:

In this work we propose an architectural model for a grid based workflow management platform providing features like an intuitive way to describe workflows, efficient data handling mechanisms and flexible fault tolerance support.
An Architectural Model for a Grid based Workflow Management Platform in Scientific Applications
Besides, this approach consists in recommending full queries and does not consider flexible recommendations that deal with different levels of user involvement.
A Survey of User-Centric Data Warehouses: From Personalization to Recommendation
This means that the computer doesn ’t have to be “trained ” to understand a specific user ’s voi ce. This allows greater flexibility, since the system is easily accessible to new users.
A Prototype System for Controlling a Computer by Head Movements and Voice Commands
On flexibility In this section we give the necessary background for the non-saturation claim in our main theorem.
A Dividing Line Within Simple Unstable Theories
Definition 8.1. (Flexible filters, ) Let D be a regular filter on I , |I | = λ ≥ ℵ0, and let X = hXi : i < µi be a µ-regularizing family for D .
A Dividing Line Within Simple Unstable Theories
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