flexile

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj flexile able to flex; able to bend easily "slim flexible birches"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Flexile Flexible; pliant; pliable; easily bent; plastic; tractable.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • flexile Flexible; pliant; pliable; mobile; easily bent; readily yielding to power, impulse, or moral force.
    • flexile In bacteriology, applied to filamentous forms of bacteria which are twisted and curved, although retaining their rigidity.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Flexile easily bent: pliant: docile
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. flexilis,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. flexibilis, flexilisflectĕre, flexum, to bend.

Usage

In literature:

From their flexile and unformed minds I can carve out my fittest tools.
"The Last Days of Pompeii" by Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
The flexile and dubious expression of youth was forever gone.
"Zanoni" by Edward Bulwer Lytton
He wore the light flexile mail of the ancient heroes of Araby or Fez.
"Leila, Complete The Siege of Granada" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
The voice was marvellously flexile, powerful, and melodious.
"A Friend of Caesar" by William Stearns Davis
As the flexile youth progressed, amazement gave place to indignation and then to disgust.
"The Husbands of Edith" by George Barr McCutcheon
Flexil four drachms, Oleiricini four drachms, Spt.
"One Thousand Secrets of Wise and Rich Men Revealed" by C. A. Bogardus
The base of the seed-wing corresponds to the marginal spermoderm of the Flexiles but is prolonged into an effective adnate wing.
"The Genus Pinus" by George Russell Shaw
She stood no more than a pace from him, a flexile figure that poised and swung, to provoke the wild beast in him to spring.
"The Unknown Sea" by Clemence Housman
Firm as a forceps be your wrist, but flexile as an eel!
"The Violin" by George Dubourg
Xenobi was a mere bud, of most flexile and graceful form, ripe and round as the spring fruit of the tropics.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. II, No. X., March 1851" by Various
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In poetry:

A thrush is hidden in a maze
Of cedar buds and tamarac bloom,
He throws his rapid flexile phrase,
A flash of emeralds in the gloom.
"The Voice And The Dusk" by Duncan Campbell Scott

In news:

Jalema's "Grafi-System", the most modular/flexile Vertical Filing System.
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