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[ref-loo-uh nt, ruh-floo-]
  1. flowing back; ebbing, as the waters of a tide.
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Origin of refluent

1690–1700; < Latin refluent- (stem of refluēns), present participle of refluere to flow back. See re-, fluent
Related formsref·lu·ence, noun
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Historical Examples of refluent

  • And the history of each year's bloom was an example of this refluent balance.

    Euripedes and His Age

    Gilbert Murray

  • The invasion was beginning again, but with a refluent movement.

  • And he did live to behold the first swelling of the refluent wave.

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus

    American Anti-Slavery Society

  • All the material had been carried out to sea by the refluent wave.

    Among the Forces

    Henry White Warren

  • But one word—an old monosyllable of comfort—is borne on the refluent billow, "O my God!"

British Dictionary definitions for refluent


  1. rare flowing back; ebbing
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Derived Formsrefluence, noun

Word Origin for refluent

C18: from Latin refluere to flow back
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