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[out-floh] /ˈaʊtˌfloʊ/
the act of flowing out:
We need flood control to stem the river's outflow.
something that flows out:
to measure the outflow in gallons per minute.
any outward movement:
the annual outflow of tourists.
Origin of outflow
First recorded in 1790-1800; out- + flow Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • This gives rise to an outflow as well as an inflow of migrants.

  • I pitied her, and I saw by Bob's looks that he was not at all behind me in the outflow of his sympathy.

    Seek and Find Oliver Optic
  • Many rivers run into the lake, the only outflow being by the Angara.

    Condemned as a Nihilist George Alfred Henty
  • The escape of the outflow of fluid from the eye is ultimately through the veins.

    Glaucoma Various
  • Both 'out-flow' and 'outflow' are used once each in the text.

  • And still others which boiled furiously but had no outflow at all.

    A Summer's Outing Carter H. Harrison
  • Its outflow was unknown, and the theory was that it was one of a long chain which fed the Nile.

    Stanley in Africa James P. Boyd
  • At this moment the doors opened and the steps were covered with the outflow of the court.

    Max Fargus Owen Johnson
  • It was the outflow of all the discontents and annoyances of his life.

    A Country Gentleman and his Family Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
British Dictionary definitions for outflow


anything that flows out, such as liquid, money, ideas, etc
the amount that flows out
the act or process of flowing out
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for outflow

1869, from out (adv.) + flow (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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