- 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.
Origin of flux
OTHER WORDS FROM fluxnon·flux, nounsu·per·flux, nountrans·flux, noun
How to use flux in a sentence
This substance is capable of being readily vitrified by the addition of alkaline fluxes, and is thus converted into glass.
There is also a sort of tide or tidal fluxes, called seiches.The Spell of Switzerland|Nathan Haskell Dole
Most of the detachment sick with fluxes and fevers, or wounded in the feet.The History of Sumatra|William Marsden
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
Tartar and "black flux," are reducing agents as well as fluxes.A Textbook of Assaying: For the Use of Those Connected with Mines.|Cornelius Beringer and John Jacob Beringer
British Dictionary definitions for flux
- 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