[ floh-ing ]
/ ˈfloʊ ɪŋ /


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.

Nearby words

  1. flowers,
  2. flowers of sulfur,
  3. flowers of sulphur,
  4. flowers of tan,
  5. flowery,
  6. flowingly,
  7. flowmeter,
  8. flown,
  9. flowstone,
  10. flowy

Origin of flowing

before 950; Middle English flowynge, Old English flōwende. See flow, -ing2

Related formsflow·ing·ly, adverbflow·ing·ness, nounself-flow·ing, adjectiveun·flow·ing, adjective


[ floh ]
/ floʊ /

verb (used without object)

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.


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.

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.

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 flowing


/ (fləʊ) /

verb (mainly intr)


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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Word Origin and History for flowing
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Medicine definitions for flowing


[ flō ]


To move or run smoothly with unbroken continuity.
To circulate, as the blood in the body.
To menstruate.


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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