flexibility

flexibility 1610s, of physical things, from Fr. flexibilité or directly from L.L. flexibilitatem (nom. flexibilitas), from L. flexibilis (see FLEXIBLE (Cf. flexible)). Of immaterial things from 1783.

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  • Flexibility — is the absolute range of movement in a joint or series of joints and muscles that is attainable in a momentary effort with the help of a partner or a piece of equipment. It is a term for the ability to easily bend an object or the ability to… …   Wikipedia

  • Flexibility — Flex i*bil i*ty, n. [L. flexibilitas: cf. F. flexibilite.] The state or quality of being flexible; flexibleness; pliancy; pliability; as, the flexibility of strips of hemlock, hickory, whalebone or metal, or of rays of light. Sir I. Newton. [1913 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • flexibility — is the inverse of stiffness. When a force is applied to a structure, there is a displacement in the direction of the force; flexibility is the ratio of the displacement divided by the force. High flexibility means that a small load produces a… …   Mechanics glossary

  • flexibility — flexibility. См. генетическая пластичность. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • flexibility — index amenability, facility (easiness), informality, lenience Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • flexibility — [n] elasticity, adaptability adjustability, affability, complaisance, compliance, docility, extensibility, flaccidity, flexibleness, give, limberness, litheness, plasticity, pliability, pliancy, resilience, springiness, suppleness, tensility,… …   New thesaurus

  • flexibility — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ considerable, great ▪ German workers accept the need for greater flexibility in the face of global competition. ▪ added, additional, extra, increased …   Collocations dictionary

  • flexibility — n. 1) to demonstrate, show flexibility 2) flexibility in; towards 3) the flexibility to + inf. (he has enough flexibility to cope with the job) * * * [ˌfleksə bɪlɪtɪ] show flexibility towards to demonstrate flexibility in the flexibility to + inf …   Combinatory dictionary

  • flexibility — The ability to adapt an operating system to respond to changes in the environment. Increasingly seen as a source of competitive advantage in a rapidly changing market, it is an area of operations management in which Japanese practices have had a… …   Big dictionary of business and management

  • flexibility — flexible flex‧i‧ble [ˈfleksbl] adjective 1. a person, plan etc that is flexible can change or be changed easily to suit any new situation: • flexible investment opportunities • More firms are offering flexible benefits (= extra money or other… …   Financial and business terms

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