[ floh ]
/ floʊ /
verb (used without object)
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 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).
verb (used with object)
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
before 900; (v.) Middle English flowen, Old English flōwan; akin to Middle Low German vlōien, Old Norse flōa; (noun) late Middle English: surge of a wave, derivative of the v.
SYNONYMS FOR flow
1 Flow, gush, spout, spurt refer to certain of the movements characteristic of fluids. Flow is the general term: Water flows. A stream of blood flows. To gush is to rush forth copiously from a cavity, in as large a volume as can issue therefrom, as the result of some strong impelling force: The water will gush out if the main breaks. Spout and spurt both imply the ejecting of a liquid from a cavity by some internal impetus given to it. Spout implies a rather steady, possibly well-defined, jet or stream, not necessarily of long duration but always of considerable force: A whale spouts. Spurt implies a forcible, possibly sudden, spasmodic, or intermittent issue or jet: The liquid spurted out suddenly when the bottle cap was pushed in. Spout applies only to liquids; the other terms apply also to gases.
Related formsflow·a·ble, adjectiveflow·a·bil·i·ty, nounre·flow, noun, verbun·der·flow, noun
Can be confusedfloe flow (see synonym study at the current entry)
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British Dictionary definitions for flowable
/ (fləʊ) /
verb (mainly intr)
(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
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 for flow
Old English flōwan; related to Old Norse flōa, Middle Low German vlōien, Greek plein to float, Sanskrit plavate he swims
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Medicine definitions for flowable
[ flō ]
To move or run smoothly with unbroken continuity.
To circulate, as the blood in the body.
The smooth motion characteristic of fluids.
The volume of fluid or gas passing a given point per unit of time.
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Idioms and Phrases with flowable
see ebb and flow; go with the flow.
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