flush

1
[ fluhsh ]
/ flʌʃ /

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

Origin of flush

1
1540–50; perhaps extended senses of flush3; compare similar phonesthemic elements and meanings of blush, gush, flash

Related forms

flush·a·ble, adjectiveflush·er, nounflush·ing·ly, adverbflush·ness, noun

Definition for flush (2 of 4)

Origin of flush

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

Related forms

flush·ness, noun

Definition for flush (3 of 4)

flush

3
[ fluhsh ]
/ flʌʃ /
Hunting.

verb (used with object)

to rouse and cause to start up or fly off: to flush a woodcock.

verb (used without object)

to fly out or start up suddenly.

noun

a flushed bird or flock of birds.

Origin of flush

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

Definition for flush (4 of 4)

flush

4
[ fluhsh ]
/ flʌʃ /
Cards.

adjective

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

noun

a hand or set of cards all of one suit.Compare royal flush, straight flush.
Pinochle. a meld of ace, king, queen, jack, and ten of the trump suit.Compare marriage(def 9), royal marriage.

Origin of flush

4
1520–30; compare French (obsolete) flus, variant of flux flow, flush (compare phrase run of cards) < Latin fluxus flux
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British Dictionary definitions for flush (1 of 4)

flush

1
/ (flʌʃ) /

verb


noun

adjective

having a ruddy or heightened colour

Derived Forms

flusher, noun

Word Origin for flush

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

British Dictionary definitions for flush (2 of 4)

Derived Forms

flushness, noun

Word Origin for flush

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

British Dictionary definitions for flush (3 of 4)

flush

3
/ (flʌʃ) /

verb

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

Word Origin for flush

C13 flusshen, perhaps of imitative origin

British Dictionary definitions for flush (4 of 4)

flush

4
/ (flʌʃ) /

noun

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

Word Origin for flush

C16: from Old French flus, from Latin fluxus flux
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Medicine definitions for flush

flush

[ flŭsh ]

v.

To turn red, as from fever, heat, or strong emotion; blush.
To clean, rinse, or empty with a rapid flow of a liquid, especially water.

n.

An act of cleansing or rinsing with a flow of water.
A reddening of the skin, as with fever, emotion, or exertion.
A brief sensation of heat over all or part of the body.

adj.

Having surfaces in the same plane; even.
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