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flow

Noun

1 the motion characteristic of fluids (liquids or gases) [syn: flowing]
2 the amount of fluid that flows in a given time [syn: flow rate, rate of flow]
3 the act of flowing or streaming; continuous progression [syn: stream]
4 any uninterrupted stream or discharge
5 something that resembles a flowing stream in moving continuously; "a stream of people emptied from the terminal"; "the museum had planned carefully for the flow of visitors" [syn: stream]
6 dominant course (suggestive of running water) of successive events or ideas; "two streams of development run through American history"; "stream of consciousness"; "the flow of thought"; "the current of history" [syn: stream, current]
7 the monthly discharge of blood from the uterus of nonpregnant women from puberty to menopause; "the women were sickly and subject to excessive menstruation"; "a woman does not take the gout unless her menses be stopped"--Hippocrates; "the semen begins to appear in males and to be emitted at the same time of life that the catamenia begin to flow in females"--Aristotle [syn: menstruation, menses, menstruum, catamenia, period]

Verb

1 move or progress freely as if in a stream; "The crowd flowed out of the stadium" [syn: flux]
2 move along, of liquids; "Water flowed into the cave"; "the Missouri feeds into the Mississippi" [syn: run, feed, course]
3 cause to flow; "The artist flowed the washes on the paper"
4 be abundantly present; "The champagne flowed at the wedding"
5 fall or flow in a certain way; "This dress hangs well"; "Her long black hair flowed down her back" [syn: hang, fall]
6 cover or swamp with water
7 undergo menstruation; "She started menstruating at the age of 11" [syn: menstruate]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • flō, /fləʊ/, /fl@U/
  • Rhymes: -əʊ

Etymology

From flōwan

Noun

  1. The movement of a fluid.
  2. The rising movement of the tide.
  3. Smoothness or continuity.
    The room was small, but it had good symmetry and flow.
  4. The amount of a fluid that moves or the rate of fluid movement.
    Turn on the valve and make sure you have sufficient flow.
  5. the state of being at one with.

Antonyms

Translations

the movement of a fluid
the rising movement of the tide
smoothness or continuity
rate of fluid movement
being at one with

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Verb

  1. To move as a fluid from one position to another.
  2. To move or match smoothly, gracefully, or continuously.
    The writing is grammatically correct, but it just doesn't flow.

Translations

move as a fluid

Extensive Definition

Flow may refer to:
In science and technology:
In modern culture
flow in German: Flow
flow in French: Flow
flow in Italian: Flow (disambigua)
flow in Japanese: フロー (曖昧さ回避)
flow in Polish: Przepływ (ujednoznacznienie)
flow in Simple English: Flow

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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skim, sled, sledding, sleigh, slide, sliding, slip, slipping, slither, slithering, sluice, sluice out, smoothness, soar, soaring, solar tide, spate, spew, spew out, spill, spin, spout, spout out, spread, spring, spring from, spring tide, sprout from, spurt, squirt, stem, stem from, sternway, stir, straightforwardness, stream, subside, subsiding, substantiality, substantialness, succession, succulence, superabundance, supply, suppuration, surge, surge back, swag, swarm, swarm with, sweep, sweeping, swing, swirl, taste, tastefulness, teem, teem with, teemingness, terseness, thalassometer, tidal amplitude, tidal current, tidal current chart, tidal flow, tidal range, tide, tide chart, tide gate, tide gauge, tide race, tide rip, tidewater, tideway, tobogganing, trail, traject, trajet, transudation, travel, trend, trickle, turbulence, turn on, unaffectedness, undercurrent, undertow, upward motion, vomit forth, wane, water flow, wateriness, wayfare, wealth, weep, well, well out, wend, whirl, 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