verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of flow
Synonyms for flow
verb (mainly intr)
- a marsh or swamp
- an inlet or basin of the sea
- (capital when part of a name)Scapa Flow
Word Origin for flow
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.
see ebb and flow; go with the flow.