SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN adjective moving in or as in a stream: flowing water. proceeding smoothly or easily; facile: flowing language. long, smooth, graceful, and without sudden interruption or change of direction: flowing lines; flowing gestures. hanging loosely at full length: flowing hair. abounding; having in excess: a land flowing with milk and honey. Origin of flowing before 950; Middle English flowynge, Old English flōwende.
-ing 2 Related forms flow·ing·ly, adverb flow·ing·ness, noun self-flow·ing, adjective un·flow·ing, adjective 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 menstruate. 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. noun 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. Related forms flow·a·ble, adjective flow·a·bil·i·ty, noun re·flow, noun, verb un·der·flow, noun Can be confused floe flow (see synonym study at the current entry) 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. 7. run. 9. teem.
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Related Words for flowing sinuous
cursive Examples from the Web for flowing Contemporary Examples of flowing
Not just love between people but love within your HEART,
flowing in all aspects of your life.
Hoop skirts of the Civil War era relaxed into
flowing, streamlined gowns.
Dix, a founding member of the RCP, spoke in a
flowing diatribe as we walked amid the crowd that night.
It was only the 8th minute of the game, and Argentina was
flowing with dangerous vigor.
Be very passive as the air leaves your lungs and leaves your mouth, mimicking the sounds of ocean waves ebbing and
flowing. Historical Examples of flowing
flowing robe of her daily wear is of classic grace and dignity.
And I don't mind your drowning sorrow in the
flowing bowl, either.
There was a sinister thread in that
flowing note, and suddenly Dick remembered.
Will you make a virtue of necessity, or will you give laws to the
What call had people to start reading when the talk was
flowing so free and pleasant? British Dictionary definitions for flowing 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 stream the crowd flowed into the building to proceed or be produced continuously and effortlessly ideas flowed from her pen to show or be marked by smooth or easy movement to hang freely or loosely her hair flowed down her back to be present in abundance wine flows at their parties (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 noun the act, rate, or manner of flowing a fast flow a continuous stream or discharge continuous progression the advancing of the tide a stream of molten or solidified lava the amount of liquid that flows in a given time Scot 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
flōwan; related to Old Norse flōa, Middle Low German vlōien, Greek plein to float, Sanskrit plavate he swims
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Word Origin and History for flowing n.
mid-15c., "action of flowing," from
flow (v.). Meaning "amount that flows" is from 1807. Flow chart attested from 1920. v.
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.
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v. To move or run smoothly with unbroken continuity. To circulate, as the blood in the body. To menstruate. n. The smooth motion characteristic of fluids. The volume of fluid or gas passing a given point per unit of time. Menstrual discharge.
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Idioms and Phrases with flowing
see ebb and flow; go with the flow.
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