- to move along in a stream: The river flowed slowly to the sea.
- to circulate: blood flowing through one's veins.
- to stream or well forth: Warmth flows from the sun.
- to issue or proceed from a source: Orders flowed from the office.
- to menstruate.
- to come or go as in a stream: A constant stream of humanity flowed by.
- to proceed continuously and smoothly: Melody flowed from the violin.
- to hang loosely at full length: Her hair flowed over her shoulders.
- to abound in something: The tavern flowed with wine.
- to rise and advance, as the tide (opposed to ebb).
- to cause or permit to flow: to flow paint on a wall before brushing.
- to cover with water or other liquid; flood.
- an act of flowing.
- movement in or as if in a stream.
- the rate of flowing.
- the volume of fluid that flows through a passage of any given section during a unit of time: Oil flow of the well was 500 barrels a day.
- something that flows; stream.
- an outpouring or discharge of something, as in a stream: a flow of blood.
- an overflowing; flood.
- the rise of the tide (opposed to ebb).
- Machinery. progressive distortion of a metal object under continuous service at high temperature.
- Physics. the transference of energy: heat flow.
Origin of flow
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Examples from the Web for flowed
Five, the tens or arguably hundreds of millions of dollars in dark money that flowed from corporate sources into GOP coffers.The Real Reason Democrats Lost
November 6, 2014
Tile work in the bathrooms, furniture, and artwork on the walls all flowed together and carried his creative touch.When Gary Wright Met George Harrison: Dream Weaver, John and Yoko, and More
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This notion of American opportunity has ebbed and flowed, but generally gained ground well into the 1960s and 1970s.In the Future We'll All Be Renters: America's Disappearing Middle Class
August 10, 2014
The stories and the character arcs just flowed out of our talks with our team.‘The Americans’ Showrunners Dissect the Secrets of Season 2
February 27, 2014
The fate of many anti-poverty programs has ebbed and flowed ever since.Marco Rubio Is Wrong: The War on Poverty Worked
January 6, 2014
A stream of water, pure as crystal, flowed along the path, from the summit to the base.Philothea
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It flowed out into a large flat, and finally runs into a salt lake.Explorations in Australia
O the words of kindness, all to be expressed in vain, that flowed from her lips!Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
So flowed the "spring" of hope at least, as it was fed by the scene then before me.
It is said that from the head and the feet of Nicholas flowed two fountains of oil which cured every ill.The Dream
- (of liquids) to move or be conveyed as in a stream
- (of blood) to circulate around the body
- to move or progress freely as if in a streamthe crowd flowed into the building
- to proceed or be produced continuously and effortlesslyideas flowed from her pen
- to show or be marked by smooth or easy movement
- to hang freely or looselyher hair flowed down her back
- to be present in abundancewine flows at their parties
- an informal word for menstruate
- (of tide water) to advance or riseCompare ebb (def. 1)
- (tr) to cover or swamp with liquid; flood
- (of rocks such as slate) to yield to pressure without breaking so that the structure and arrangement of the constituent minerals are altered
- the act, rate, or manner of flowinga fast flow
- a continuous stream or discharge
- continuous progression
- the advancing of the tide
- a stream of molten or solidified lava
- the amount of liquid that flows in a given time
- an informal word for menstruation
- a marsh or swamp
- an inlet or basin of the sea
- (capital when part of a name)Scapa Flow
- flow of spirits natural happiness
Word Origin and History for flowed
mid-15c., "action of flowing," from flow (v.). Meaning "amount that flows" is from 1807. Flow chart attested from 1920.
Old English flowan "to flow, stream, issue; become liquid, melt; abound, overflow" (class VII strong verb; past tense fleow, past participle flowen), from Proto-Germanic *flo- (cf. Middle Dutch vloyen, Dutch vloeien "to flow," Old Norse floa "to deluge," Old High German flouwen "to rinse, wash"), probably from PIE *pleu- "flow, float" (see pluvial). The weak form predominated from 14c., but strong past participle flown is occasionally attested through 18c. Related: Flowed; flowing.
- To move or run smoothly with unbroken continuity.
- To circulate, as the blood in the body.
- To menstruate.
- The smooth motion characteristic of fluids.
- The volume of fluid or gas passing a given point per unit of time.
- Menstrual discharge.