flex·i·ble /ˈflɛksəbəl/ 形容詞
1. 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. --Shak.
2. 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. --Bacon.
Women are soft, mild, pitiful, and flexible. --Shak.
3. Capable or being adapted or molded; plastic,; as, a flexible language.
This was a principle more flexible to their purpose. --Rogers.
Syn: -- Pliant; pliable; supple; tractable; manageable; ductile; obsequious; inconstant; wavering.
-- Flex*i*ble*ness, n. -- Flex*i*bly, adv.
adj 1: extended meanings; capable of change; "a flexible
character"; "flexible schedules" [ant: inflexible]
2: able to flex; able to bend easily; "slim flexible birches"
[syn: flexile] [ant: inflexible]
3: able to adjust readily to different conditions; "an
adaptable person"; "a flexible personality"; "an elastic
clause in a contract" [syn: elastic, pliable, pliant]
4: bending and snapping back readily without breaking
5: making or willing to make concessions; "loneliness tore
through him...whenever he thought of...even the
compromising Louis du Tillet" [syn: compromising, conciliatory]