Definition of flow
Origin of flow
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OTHER WORDS FROM flowflow·a·ble, adjectiveflow·a·bil·i·ty, nounre·flow, noun, verbun·der·flow, noun
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH flowfloe, flow
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What is basic definition of flow?
Flow means to move along in a stream, as water does. Flow also means to circulate, as air does. Flow is used as a noun to mean movement as if in a stream. Flow has several other senses as a verb and a noun.
When something flows, it moves like water in a stream. When used literally, flow is almost always used to describe the movement of liquids or things that act like fluids. Flow is also often used figuratively to mean to move smoothly like water or a liquid.
- Real-life examples: Water flows through pipes. Magma flows out of a volcano. People hope traffic flows through a city so they don’t get stuck in a traffic jam.
- Used in a sentence: Roger lied so much that the lies flowed out of his mouth.
Flow is also used in this sense as a noun to mean an act of flowing.
- Used in a sentence: The huge dam redirects the flow of the river away from the city.
Flow can also mean to circulate, especially in reference to liquids.
- Used in a sentence: The heart makes sure blood flows throughout the body.
As a noun, flow means a continuous motion, like the flow of a stream. It usually refers to liquids but can refer to anything, literally or figuratively.
- Used in a sentence: A flow of shoppers streamed into the mall.
Where does flow come from?
The first records of flow come from before the 900s. It comes from the Old English verb flōwan. It is related to similar words with the same meaning, such as the Middle Low German vlōien and the Old Norse flōa.
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What are some other forms related to flow?
- flowing (adjective, present tense verb)
- flowable (adjective)
- flowability (noun)
- reflow (noun, verb)
- underflow (noun)
What are some synonyms for flow?
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How is flow used in real life?
Flow is a common word that most often means to move like a streaming liquid.
Have written a eulogy for a friend. Such a weird fusion of warmness and sadness flows through you when you remember good people who are no longer here.
— Matt Haig (@matthaig1) February 24, 2020
US official familiar with #Afghanistan Taliban funding: Baradar helped control purse strings. "The money flowed through him."
— Nick Schifrin (@nickschifrin) February 16, 2010
Due to high water in Winnipeg, province will divert more of the Assiniboine River's flow into Lake Manitoba for 3 or 4 days. #bn
— Bartley Kives (@bkives) April 20, 2014
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How to use flow in a sentence
This change could help to crack down on the unmoderated flow of information across groups, which can lead to spam and misinformation spreading quickly.Facebook tries to clean up Groups with new policies|Sarah Perez|September 17, 2020|TechCrunch
Ominously, the debris flow risk is shown to be high in areas recently burned, such as in the Santa Cruz Mountains.California wildfires may give way to massive mudslides|Ula Chrobak|September 17, 2020|Popular-Science
Greece and Cyprus are part of the EU, while Turkey is central to Europe’s efforts to curb the flow of migrants.Butterfly Effect: The Next U.S.-Russia Conflict Theater Could be the Mediterranean|Charu Kasturi|September 17, 2020|Ozy
That can include changes in the flow, temperature or saltiness of water, he notes.Soggy coastal soils? Here’s why ecologists love them|Alison Pearce Stevens|September 17, 2020|Science News For Students
Bridgewater has been moving into gold and inflation-linked bonds in its All Weather portfolio, diversifying the countries it invests in and finding more stocks with stable cash flow.Ray Dalio issues stark warning about U.S. dollar’s future as global reserve currency|Claire Zillman, reporter|September 16, 2020|Fortune
But the jokes flow at such a torrential pace that duds are soon forgotten; the best are even Spamalot-worthy.
Ebb and flow, checks and balances, the center would hold, et cetera.A Veteran’s View: NYC Cold War Between Cops and City Hall|Matt Gallagher|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“The lies of the government shocked us,” says Fatima, as the tears flow slowly from her eyes and down her cheek.
But before a new tide of tourists can flow from Miami to Havana, Cuba will need to build more runways.
Speak to the friends and people you need to root out in life and let that conversation flow.
The volcanic eruptions of the mountains on the west broke down its barriers, and let its waters flow.
And Tom, aware that he winced, was also aware that something in his life congealed and stopped its normal flow.The Wave|Algernon Blackwood
The arrows represent the flow of money from each of these four categories to the others.
Its entrance into and exit from banks is a flow, but not a circulation against goods.
Therefore, the total circulation exceeds the total flow from and to banks by the amount flowing through "nondepositors."
British Dictionary definitions for flow
- a marsh or swamp
- an inlet or basin of the sea
- (capital when part of a name)Scapa Flow
Word Origin for flow
Medical definitions for flow
Other Idioms and Phrases with flow
see ebb and flow; go with the flow.