[ 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.

Origin of flowing

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

Related forms

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

Definition for flowing (2 of 2)


[ 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 forms

flow·a·ble, adjectiveflow·a·bil·i·ty, nounre·flow, noun, verbun·der·flow, noun

Can be confused

floe 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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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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