- a flowing back; ebb.
Origin of reflux
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Flux and reflux, the fire and the water, the water and the fire!Dreamers of the Ghetto
An old word, signifying the reflux of the waves by the force of the wind.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
From it and to it, in endless flux and reflux, the life blood goes.Looking Backward
It tends to make and to break fortunes, by the flux and reflux of paper.Thirty Years' View (Vol. I of 2)
Thomas Hart Benton
At Kulnah,62 indications of flow and reflux of the tide were evident.Recollections of Thirty-nine Years in the Army
Charles Alexander Gordon
- chem to boil or be boiled in a vessel attached to a condenser, so that the vapour condenses and flows back into the vessel
- an act of refluxing
- (as modifier)a reflux condenser
- the act or an instance of flowing back; ebb
C15: from Medieval Latin refluxus, from Latin refluere to flow back
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Word Origin and History for reflux
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- A flowing back.
- The process of refluxing.
- To boil a liquid in a vessel attached to a condenser so that the vapors continuously condense for reboiling.
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