flush

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[ fluhsh ]
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noun
  1. a blush; rosy glow: a flush of embarrassment on his face.

  2. a rushing or overspreading flow, as of water.

  1. a sudden rise of emotion or excitement: a flush of anger.

  2. glowing freshness or vigor: the flush of youth.

  3. hot flush. hot flash.

  4. a cleansing preparation that acts by flushing: an oil flush for the car's engine.

verb (used with object)
  1. to redden; cause to blush or glow: Winter air flushed the children's cheeks.

  2. to flood or spray thoroughly with water, as for cleansing purposes: They flushed the wall with water and then scrubbed it down.

  1. to wash out (a sewer, toilet, etc.) by a sudden rush of water.

  2. Metallurgy.

    • to remove slag from (a blast furnace).

    • to spray (a coke oven) to cool the gases generated and wash away the ammonia and tars distilled.

  3. to animate or excite; inflame: flushed with success.

  4. Computers.

    • to empty (a buffer, cache, hard drive, etc.) by deleting the data or transferring it to permanent storage: Before flushing the cache, please transfer important data to a permanent file.

    • to delete (data) or transfer it to permanent storage: After a short period to allow for recovery in the case of accidental deletion, we fully flush the data for your security.

verb (used without object)
  1. to blush; redden.

  2. to flow with a rush; flow and spread suddenly.

  1. to operate by flushing; undergo flushing: The toilet won't flush.

Origin of flush

1
First recorded in 1540–50; perhaps extended senses of flush3; compare sound sequences and meanings of blush, gush, flash

Other words for flush

Other words from flush

  • flush·a·ble, adjective
  • flush·er, noun
  • flush·ing·ly, adverb
  • flush·ness, noun

Words Nearby flush

Other definitions for flush (2 of 4)

flush2
[ fluhsh ]

adjective
  1. even or level, as with a surface; forming the same plane: The bottom of the window is flush with the floor.

  2. having direct contact; being right next to; immediately adjacent; contiguous: The table was flush against the wall.

  1. well-supplied, as with money; affluent; prosperous: He was feeling flush on payday.

  2. abundant or plentiful, as money.

  3. having a ruddy or reddish color; blushing.

  4. full of vigor; lusty.

  5. full to overflowing.

  6. Printing. even or level with the right margin (flush right ) or the left margin (flush left ) of the type page; without an indention.

adverb
  1. on the same level; in a straight line; without a change of plane: to be made flush with the top of the table.

  2. in direct contact; squarely: It was set flush against the edge.

verb (used with object)
  1. to make flush or even.

  2. to improve the nutrition of (a ewe) to bring on optimum physiological conditions for breeding.

verb (used without object)
  1. to send out shoots, as plants in spring.

noun
  1. a fresh growth, as of shoots and leaves.

Origin of flush

2
First recorded in 1540–50; perhaps all sense developments of flush1

Other words from flush

  • flush·ness, noun

Other definitions for flush (3 of 4)

flush3
[ fluhsh ]

verb (used with object)
  1. to drive (a game bird or other animal) from cover and cause to fly off or spring forth suddenly; rouse: to flush a woodcock;to flush a bear from a thicket.

  2. to force (a person) out of hiding: The troops have flushed the rebels from their bases.

verb (used without object)
  1. to fly off or spring forth suddenly from a hiding place; come out of hiding.

noun
  1. a flushed bird or other animal, or a group of them.

  2. the act of driving or forcing an animal or person from a hiding place.

Origin of flush

3
First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English flusshen, first attested as past participle fluste, fliste; of uncertain origin

Other definitions for flush (4 of 4)

flush4
[ fluhsh ]

adjective
  1. consisting entirely of cards of one suit: a flush hand.

noun
  1. a hand or set of cards all of one suit.: Compare royal flush, straight flush.

  2. Pinochle. a meld of ace, king, queen, jack, and ten of the trump suit.: Compare marriage (def. 9), royal marriage.

Origin of flush

4
First recorded in 1520–30; compare French (obsolete) flus, variant of flux “flow, flush” (compare phrase run of cards), from Latin fluxus “a flowing”; see flux

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British Dictionary definitions for flush (1 of 4)

flush1

/ (flʌʃ) /


verb
  1. to blush or cause to blush

  2. to flow or flood or cause to flow or flood with or as if with water

  1. to glow or shine or cause to glow or shine with a rosy colour

  2. to send a volume of water quickly through (a pipe, channel, etc) or into (a toilet) for the purpose of cleansing, emptying, etc

  3. to cause (soluble substances in the soil) to be washed towards the surface, as by the action of underground springs, or (of such substances) to be washed towards the soil surface

  4. (tr; usually passive) to excite or elate

noun
  1. a rosy colour, esp in the cheeks; blush

  2. a sudden flow or gush, as of water

  1. a feeling of excitement or elation: the flush of success

  2. early bloom; freshness: the flush of youth

  3. redness of the skin, esp of the face, as from the effects of a fever, alcohol, etc

  4. ecology an area of boggy land fed by ground water

adjective
  1. having a ruddy or heightened colour

Origin of flush

1
C16 (in the sense: to gush forth): perhaps from flush ³

Derived forms of flush

  • flusher, noun

British Dictionary definitions for flush (2 of 4)

flush2

/ (flʌʃ) /


adjective(usually postpositive)
  1. level or even with another surface

  2. directly adjacent; continuous

  1. informal having plenty of money

  2. informal abundant or plentiful, as money

  3. full of vigour

  4. full to the brim or to the point of overflowing

  5. printing having an even margin, right or left, with no indentations

  6. (of a blow) accurately delivered

  7. (of a vessel) having no superstructure built above the flat level of the deck

adverb
  1. so as to be level or even

  2. directly or squarely

verb(tr)
  1. to cause (surfaces) to be on the same level or in the same plane

  2. to enrich the diet of (an ewe) during the breeding season

noun
  1. a period of fresh growth of leaves, shoots, etc

Origin of flush

2
C18: probably from flush 1 (in the sense: spring out)

Derived forms of flush

  • flushness, noun

British Dictionary definitions for flush (3 of 4)

flush3

/ (flʌʃ) /


verb
  1. (tr) to rouse (game, wild creatures, etc) and put to flight

Origin of flush

3
C13 flusshen, perhaps of imitative origin

British Dictionary definitions for flush (4 of 4)

flush4

/ (flʌʃ) /


noun
  1. (in poker and similar games) a hand containing only one suit

Origin of flush

4
C16: from Old French flus, from Latin fluxus flux

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