Nearby words

  1. flurazepam,
  2. flurbiprofen,
  3. flurried,
  4. flurriedly,
  5. flurry,
  6. flush girt,
  7. flush left,
  8. flush right,
  9. flush-decked,
  10. flushed

Origin of flush

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

Related formsflush·ness, noun

flush

4
[fluhsh]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

flush

1
[fluhsh]

noun

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.

verb (used with object)

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.
Metallurgy.
  1. to remove slag from (a blast furnace).
  2. 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.

verb (used without object)

to blush; redden.
to flow with a rush; flow and spread suddenly.
to operate by flushing; undergo flushing: The toilet won't flush.

Origin of flush

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

SYNONYMS FOR flush
Related formsflush·a·ble, adjectiveflush·er, nounflush·ing·ly, adverbflush·ness, noun

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Examples from the Web for flusher

  • You've called me a fo'-flusher twice, an' the on'y way to prove a fo'-flush is to call fo' a show-down.

    Rimrock Trail|J. Allan Dunn
  • He'd have shot both the heels off that fo'-flusher, right an' left, 'thout you ever see his hands move.

    Rimrock Trail|J. Allan Dunn


British Dictionary definitions for flusher

flush

1

verb

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

noun

a rosy colour, esp in the cheeks; blush
a sudden flow or gush, as of water
a feeling of excitement or elationthe flush of success
early bloom; freshnessthe 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

adjective

having a ruddy or heightened colour
Derived Formsflusher, noun

Word Origin for flush

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

flush

2

adjective (usually postpositive)

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

adverb

so as to be level or even
directly or squarely

verb (tr)

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

noun

a period of fresh growth of leaves, shoots, etc
Derived Formsflushness, noun

Word Origin for flush

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

flush

3

verb

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

Word Origin for flush

C13 flusshen, perhaps of imitative origin

flush

4

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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Word Origin and History for flusher
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Medicine definitions for flusher

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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