Definition and Meanings for flow

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Part of Speech of flow

imperfect singular, intransitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, transitive verb, noun

Etymology of flow

as. fl; akin to d. vloeijen, ohg. flawen to wash, icel. fl to deluge, gr. plw`ein to float, sail, and prob. ultimately to e. float, fleet. flood

Meaning of flow

as imperfect singular, intransitive verb

  • imp. sing. of fly, v. i.

as intransitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun

  • to move with a continual change of place among the particles or parts, as a fluid; to change place or circulate, as a liquid; as, rivers flow from springs and lakes; tears flow from the eyes.
  • to become liquid; to melt.
  • to proceed; to issue forth; as, wealth flows from industry and economy.
  • to glide along smoothly, without harshness or asperties; as, a flowing period; flowing numbers; to sound smoothly to the ear; to be uttered easily.
  • to have or be in abundance; to abound; to full, so as to run or flow over; to be copious.
  • to hang loose and waving; as, a flowing mantle; flowing locks.
  • to rise, as the tide; -- opposed to ebb; as, the tide flows twice in twenty-four hours.
  • to discharge blood in excess from the uterus.

as transitive verb

  • to cover with water or other liquid; to overflow; to inundate; to flood.
  • to cover with varnish.

as noun

  • a stream of water or other fluid; a current; as, a flow of water; a flow of blood.
  • a continuous movement of something abundant; as, a flow of words.
  • any gentle, gradual movement or procedure of thought, diction, music, or the like, resembling the quiet, steady movement of a river; a stream.
  • the tidal setting in of the water from the ocean to the shore. see ebb and flow, under ebb.
  • a low-lying piece of watery land; -- called also flow moss and flow bog.
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