- the rate of flow of fluid, particles, or energy.
- a quantity expressing the strength of a field of force in a given area.
- a substance used to refine metals by combining with impurities to form a molten mixture that can be readily removed.
- a substance used to remove oxides from and prevent further oxidation of fused metal, as in soldering or hot-dip coating.
- (in the refining of scrap or other metal) a salt or mixture of salts that combines with nonmetallic impurities, causing them to float or coagulate.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of flux
Synonyms for flux
Related Words for fluxesfluidity, fluctuation, transition, flow, alteration, motion, unrest, mutation, modification, instability, change, mutability
Examples from the Web for fluxes
Historical Examples of fluxes
She has also these iron mines in juxtaposition with coal and all the fluxes.
It is de true bloodstancher, stopping all fluxes of de blood.The History of John Bull
It is employed with advantage in diabetes, in uterine and other fluxes.Mrs. Hale's Receipts for the Million
Sarah Josepha Hale
There are three small balances by which we weigh ore, metals, and fluxes.De Re Metallica
Most of the detachment sick with fluxes and fevers, or wounded in the feet.The History of Sumatra
- the rate of flow of particles, energy, or a fluid, through a specified area, such as that of neutrons (neutron flux) or of light energy (luminous flux)
- the strength of a field in a given area expressed as the product of the area and the component of the field strength at right angles to the areamagnetic flux; electric flux
Word Origin for flux
late 14c., from Old French flus "flowing, rolling, bleeding," or directly from Latin fluxus "flowing, loose, slack," past participle of fluere "to flow" (see fluent). Originally "excessive flow" (of blood or excrement); an early name for "dysentery;" sense of "continuous succession of changes" is first recorded 1620s. The verb is early 15c., from the noun.