- 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
Examples from the Web for fluxes
The sepoy officer and many men ill of fluxes and fevers, and lame with swelled and sore feet.
Most of the detachment sick with fluxes and fevers, or wounded in the feet.
Sufficient powder will stick on the end of the rod for all purposes, and with some fluxes too much will adhere.Oxy-Acetylene Welding and Cutting|Harold P. Manly
But in addition to the fluxes there is required about 30 or 40 grams of lead to collect the silver and gold.A Textbook of Assaying: For the Use of Those Connected with Mines.|Cornelius Beringer and John Jacob Beringer
Fluxes and malignant fevers followed, laying whole villages waste.Irish History and the Irish Question|Goldwin Smith
British Dictionary definitions for fluxes
- 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
Word Origin and History for fluxes
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.