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Bending or winding alternately from side to side; sinuous.

[From Latin flexuōsus, from flexus, a bending, a turning, from past participle of flectere, to bend.]

flex′u·os′i·ty (-ŏs′ĭ-tē) n.
flex′u·ous·ly adv.


(ˈflɛksjʊəs) or


1. full of bends or curves; winding
2. variable; unsteady
[C17: from Latin flexuōsus full of bends, tortuous, from flexus a bending; see flex]
ˈflexuously adv


(ˈflɛk ʃu əs)

full of bends or curves; sinuous; winding.
[1595–1605; < Latin flexuōsus=flexu(s) (see flex1) + -ōsus -ous]
flex`u•os′i•ty (-ˈɒs ɪ ti) n.
flex′u•ous•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.flexuous - having turns or windings; "the flexuous bed of the stream"
curved, curving - having or marked by a curve or smoothly rounded bend; "the curved tusks of a walrus"; "his curved lips suggested a smile but his eyes were hard"


1. Repeatedly curving in alternate directions:
2. Capable of being shaped, bent, or drawn out, as by hammering or pressure:
References in classic literature ?
Her flexuous and stealthy figure became an integral part of the scene.
Goodwin does this by examining the relation of two rather enigmatic aspects of Merleau-Ponty's later work--prosaic lines and flexuous lines.
5 um, hyaline to pale yellow in 5% KOH, polymorphic with the following forms observed: subcylindrical, clavate, fusoid-ventricose and clavate with flexuous sides.
5 um high; c) a peridium constituted by very small and flat warts, almost never transversely striated; d) the odour, at first phenolic (3-methylanisole), then grateful due to the presence of ethyl-methyl-chetone, without any phenolic component; e) thecolour of the gleba, light-brown with numerous, irregularly flexuous and subtle sterile veins; f) theovoid (77-95 x 7-115 um) asci, supported by a hooked pedicle and containing 1-6 spores.
Leaves flexuous, the lateral and dorsal leaves differentiated in symmetry, oblong- lanceolate, acuminate, without margin or margins insconspicuosly bordered by norrower and elongate marginal cells, serrate in the 1/4- 1/3 upper, with simple teeth, costae double ending obove midleaf, projecting cells at midleaf thick longitudinal walls, prorate, flexuous- linear.
Electron microscopic studies revealed the presence of flexuous rod shaped particles measuring approximately ~750 nm in length in diseased samples of field bean which were not found in healthy samples.
One study reported the bioactivity of Cedrusdeodara, Eucalyptus citirodara, Cymbopogen flexuous, Pinusroxburighii, Syzygiumaromaticum, C.
The material from Sabouraud's dextrose agar (SDA) subjected to the microscopic examination showed the presence of conidophores, which were erect, unbranched, septate, flexuous in the apical part, with flat dark brown scars.
Microscopically, lactophenol cotton blue wet mount of the colony showed erect, unbranched, septate, flexuous, brown-colored conidiophores, along with conidia.
Trichomes bright blue-green, Straight or slightly flexuous.
Conidiophores micronematous, mononematous, branched, or unbranched, straight or slightly flexuous, hyaline to olivaceous brown, smooth, narrow 2-3 pm thick, Conidiogenous cells clavate or broader 4-6 pm giving rise denticles 3 to many, cylindrical long, narrow toward tips 3-6 x 0.