imperfect & past participle FFlowed; present participle & verbal noun Flowing. ; (Anglo-Saxon) flowan; akin to (Dutch) vloeijen, (Old High German) flawen to wash, (Icelandic) floa to deluge, (Greek) float, fleet. *80. Confer Flood.
obsoleteimperfect sing. of Fly,
[imperfect & past participle FFlowed; present participle & verbal noun Flowing.]1. To move with a continual change of place among the particles or parts, as a fluid; to change place or circulate, as a liquid; as, rivers flow from springs and lakes; tears flow from the eyes.2. To become liquid; to melt. The mountains flowed down at thy presence. (Isaiah) lxiv. 3.3. To pproceed; to issue forth; as, wealth flows from industry and economy. Those thousand decencies that daily flow From all her words and actions. Milton.4. To glide along smoothly, without harshness or asperties; as, a flowing period; flowing numbers; to sound smoothly to the ear; to be uttered easily. Virgil is sweet and flowingin his hexameters. Dryden.5. To have or be in abundance; to abound; to full, so as to run or flow over; to be copious. In that day... the hills shall flow with milk. Joel iii. 18. The exhilaration of a night that needed not the influence of the flowing bowl. Prof. Wilson.6. To hang loose and waving; as, a flowing mantle; flowing locks. The imperial purple flowing in his train. A. Hamilton.7. To rise, as the tide; -- opposed to ebb; as, the tide flows twice in twenty-four hours. The river hath thrice flowed, no ebb between. (Shakespeare)8. To discharge blood in excess from the uterus.
1. To cover with water or other liquid; to overflow; to inundate; to flood.2. To cover with varnish.
1. A stream of water or other fluid; a current; as, a flow of water; a flow of blood.2. A continuous movement of something abundant; as, a flow of words.3. Any gentle, gradual movement or procedure of thought, diction, music, or the like, resembling the quiet, steady movement of a river; a stream. The feast of reason and the flow of soul. Pope.4. The tidal setting in of the water from the ocean to the shore. See Ebb and flow, under Ebb.5. A low-lying piece of watery land; -- called also flow moss and flow bog. [Scotland] Jamieson.
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From Old English flōwan, from Proto-Germanic *flōaną, from Proto-Indo-European *plōw-. Cognate from Proto-Indo-European (via Latin) with fluent, flux.
flow (countable and uncountable, plural flows) The movement of a real or figurative fluid. 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 4, The Celebrity: Mr. Cooke at once began a tirade against the residents of Asquith for permitting a sandy and generally disgraceful condition of the roads. So roundly did he vituperate the inn management in particular, and with such a loud flow of words, that I trembled lest he should be heard on the veranda. The rising movement of the tide. Smoothness or continuity. The room was small, but it had good symmetry and flow. The amount of a fluid that moves or the rate of fluid movement. Turn on the valve and make sure you have sufficient flow. (psychology) The state of being at one with.
flow (third-person singular simple present flows, present participle flowing, simple past and past participle flowed) (intransitive) To move as a fluid from one position to another. Rivers flow from springs and lakes. Tears flow from the eyes. (intransitive) To proceed; to issue forth. Wealth flows from industry and economy. Milton Those thousand decencies that daily flow / From all her words and actions. (intransitive) To move or match smoothly, gracefully, or continuously. The writing is grammatically correct, but it just doesn't flow. Dryden Virgil is sweet and flowing in his hexameters. (intransitive) To have or be in abundance; to abound, so as to run or flow over. Bible, Joel iii. 18 In that day the hills shall flow with milk. Prof. Wilson the exhilaration of a night that needed not the influence of the flowing bowl (intransitive) To hang loosely and wave. a flowing mantle; flowing locks A. Hamilton the imperial purple flowing in his train (intransitive) To rise, as the tide; opposed to ebb. The tide flows twice in twenty-four hours. Shakespeare The river hath thrice flowed, no ebb between. (transitive, computing) To arrange (text in a wordprocessor, etc.) so that it wraps neatly into a designated space; to reflow. (transitive) To cover with water or other liquid; to overflow; to inundate; to flood. (transitive) To cover with varnish. (intransitive) To discharge excessive blood from the uterus.
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