flush

1
[ fluhsh ]
/ flʌʃ /

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

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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 FROM flush

flush·a·ble, adjectiveflusher, nounflush·ing·ly, adverbflushness, noun

Definition for flush (2 of 4)

Origin of flush

2
First recorded in 1540–50; perhaps all sense developments offlush1

OTHER WORDS FROM flush

flush·ness, noun

Definition for flush (3 of 4)

flush3
[ fluhsh ]
/ flʌʃ /

verb (used with object)

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.

verb (used without object)

to fly off or spring forth suddenly from a hiding place; come out of hiding.

noun

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.

Origin of flush

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

Definition for flush (4 of 4)

flush4
[ 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
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

noun

adjective

having a ruddy or heightened colour

Derived forms of flush

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 of flush

flushness, noun

Word Origin for flush

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

British Dictionary definitions for flush (3 of 4)

flush3
/ (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)

flush4
/ (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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Medical 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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