a blush; rosy glow: a flush of embarrassment on his face.
a rushing or overspreading flow, as of water.
a sudden rise of emotion or excitement: a flush of anger.
glowing freshness or vigor: the flush of youth.
hot flush. hot flash.
a cleansing preparation that acts by flushing: an oil flush for the car's engine.
to redden; cause to blush or glow: Winter air flushed the children's cheeks.
to flood or spray thoroughly with water, as for cleansing purposes: They flushed the wall with water and then scrubbed it down.
to wash out (a sewer, toilet, etc.) by a sudden rush of water.
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.
to animate or excite; inflame: flushed with success.
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.
to blush; redden.
to flow with a rush; flow and spread suddenly.
to operate by flushing; undergo flushing: The toilet won't flush.
- flush·a·ble, adjective
- flush·er, noun
- flush·ing·ly, adverb
- flush·ness, noun
Other definitions for flush (2 of 4)
even or level, as with a surface; forming the same plane: The bottom of the window is flush with the floor.
having direct contact; being right next to; immediately adjacent; contiguous: The table was flush against the wall.
abundant or plentiful, as money.
having a ruddy or reddish color; blushing.
full of vigor; lusty.
full to overflowing.
Printing. even or level with the right margin (flush right ) or the left margin (flush left ) of the type page; without an indention.
on the same level; in a straight line; without a change of plane: to be made flush with the top of the table.
in direct contact; squarely: It was set flush against the edge.
to make flush or even.
to improve the nutrition of (a ewe) to bring on optimum physiological conditions for breeding.
to send out shoots, as plants in spring.
a fresh growth, as of shoots and leaves.
- flush·ness, noun
Other definitions for flush (3 of 4)
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.
to force (a person) out of hiding: The troops have flushed the rebels from their bases.
to fly off or spring forth suddenly from a hiding place; come out of hiding.
a flushed bird or other animal, or a group of them.
the act of driving or forcing an animal or person from a hiding place.
Other definitions for flush (4 of 4)
consisting entirely of cards of one suit: a flush hand.
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How to use flush in a sentence
Instead of flushing waste, the system would filter, clean and recycle waste on site.
Celery juice is extremely detoxifying, as it flushes out old toxins and poisons that have built up over time.
One is by turning on the heating system, which takes in fresh air from outside, and opening windows through which it can be flushed out.How to reduce the risk of covid-19 airborne transmission inside a car | | January 31, 2021 | Washington Post
People read these facts that I flush out of the record, their eyes bug out, and I think that demonstrates how little we know about these kind of ugly corners of America.The Trailer: Seven questions for the new political year | David Weigel | January 21, 2021 | Washington Post
The market is flush with options — and so, in theory, are the lower rungs of the 40-man roster.Jon Lester’s reasonable contract leaves the Nationals room to address their remaining needs | Jesse Dougherty | January 20, 2021 | Washington Post
He was in the bathroom, perhaps trying to flush some pot down the toilet, when a cop burst in.‘I Can’t Breathe!’ ‘I Can’t Breathe!’ A Moral Indictment of Cop Culture | Michael Daly | December 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
There is, for example, the Seinfeld episode where Jerry, feeling flush with cash, buys his parents a Caddy.
Perhaps reflective of his ability to get information, X-2 gave Schwend the codename flush.
The conservative ranks are so flush with outsiders and fringe groups that they end up tripping over one another.
Where now the outdoor café tables are, right there, buses used to pull up and flush their air-brakes.Don Carpenter Was a Novelist Both Lacerating and Forgiving | Louis B. Jones | July 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Marchioness observed a brilliant flush shoot over the face of her auditor, as he bowed his head to her last words.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4 | Jane Porter
With a flush mounting to his cheeks, and his brows drawn together in perplexity, Garnache surveyed him.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
This gallantry surprised her ever so little, for a faint flush came into her cheek and the shadow of a smile into her eyes.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol | William J. Locke
Everything looked bright on earth, and in the heavens, in the early flush of that lovely June morning.The World Before Them | Susanna Moodie
Lady Hartledon understood the implication; she felt nettled, and a flush rose to her face.Elster's Folly | Mrs. Henry Wood
British Dictionary definitions for flush (1 of 4)
to blush or cause to blush
to flow or flood or cause to flow or flood with or as if with water
to glow or shine or cause to glow or shine with a rosy colour
to send a volume of water quickly through (a pipe, channel, etc) or into (a toilet) for the purpose of cleansing, emptying, etc
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
(tr; usually passive) to excite or elate
a rosy colour, esp in the cheeks; blush
a sudden flow or gush, as of water
a feeling of excitement or elation: the flush of success
early bloom; freshness: the flush of youth
redness of the skin, esp of the face, as from the effects of a fever, alcohol, etc
ecology an area of boggy land fed by ground water
having a ruddy or heightened colour
- flusher, noun
British Dictionary definitions for flush (2 of 4)
level or even with another surface
directly adjacent; continuous
informal having plenty of money
informal abundant or plentiful, as money
full of vigour
full to the brim or to the point of overflowing
printing having an even margin, right or left, with no indentations
(of a blow) accurately delivered
(of a vessel) having no superstructure built above the flat level of the deck
so as to be level or even
directly or squarely
to cause (surfaces) to be on the same level or in the same plane
to enrich the diet of (an ewe) during the breeding season
a period of fresh growth of leaves, shoots, etc
- flushness, noun
British Dictionary definitions for flush (3 of 4)
(tr) to rouse (game, wild creatures, etc) and put to flight
British Dictionary definitions for flush (4 of 4)
(in poker and similar games) a hand containing only one suit
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