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Extensible \Ex*ten"si*ble\, a. [Cf. F. extensible. See Extend.] Capable of being extended, whether in length or breadth; susceptible of enlargement; extensible; extendible; -- the opposite of contractible or compressible. ``An extensible membrane''

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1610s, from French extensible, from stem of Latin extendere (see extend). Earlier was extendible (late 15c.).


a. Capable of being extended.


adj. capable of being protruded or stretched or opened out; "an extensile tongue"; "an extensible measuring rule" [syn: extensile] [ant: nonextensile]

Usage examples of "extensible".

One robot held an extensible trellis device terminating in a large magnet It passed its time catching chunks of metal, bringing them to hand with the gadget and attaching them to a magnetised band running down each leg.

They were flanked by two crab-like Melfans who were easily capable of scuttling along twice as fast as the Drambons could roll, while a thirty-foot scaled and tentacled Chalder swam ponderously above them ready to discourage local predators with its teeth, claws and great bony club of a tail-although in Conway's opinion one look from any one of its four extensible eyes would be enough to discourage anything with the slightest will to live.

She used a small extensible probe to key the interior door of the airlock and trotted up the ladder into an access corridor running both ways until it lost itself in the curve of the Station's outer hull.

A bluebottle fly, a mere lapper of carrion, with an extensible, sucking proboscis!

Everything will be based on the industry-standard Extensible Markup Language (XML), which, unlike the Web-pioneering HTML language, can present structured data (such as databases and spreadsheets) and is more similar to traditional software development languages.

A ground vehicle with a multisectioned extensible arm supporting a work platform was parked in front.