Definitions of flow

  1. the monthly discharge of blood from the uterus of nonpregnant women from puberty to menopause; " the women were sickly and subject to excessive menstruation"; " a woman does not take the gout unless her menses be stopped"-- Hippocrates; " the semen begins to appear in males and to be emitted at the same time of life that the catamenia begin to flow in females"-- Aristotle
  2. dominant course ( suggestive of running water) of successive events or ideas; " two streams of development run through American history"; " stream of consciousness"; " the flow of thought"; " the current of history"
  3. be abundantly present; " The champagne flowed at the wedding"
  4. the act of flowing or streaming; continuous progression
  5. the motion characteristic of fluids ( liquids or gases)
  6. any uninterrupted stream or discharge
  7. something that resembles a flowing stream in moving continuously; " a stream of people emptied from the terminal"; " the museum had planned carefully for the flow of visitors"
  8. the amount of fluid that flows in a given time
  9. undergo menstruation; " She started menstruating at the age of 11"
  10. cover or swamp with water
  11. move or progress freely as if in a stream; " The crowd flowed out of the stadium"
  12. cause to flow; " The artist flowed the washes on the paper"
  13. fall or flow in a certain way; " This dress hangs well"; " Her long black hair flowed down her back"
  14. imp. sing. of Fly, v. i.
  15. 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.
  16. To become liquid; to melt.
  17. To proceed; to issue forth; as, wealth flows from industry and economy.
  18. To glide along smoothly, without harshness or asperties; as, a flowing period; flowing numbers; to sound smoothly to the ear; to be uttered easily.
  19. To have or be in abundance; to abound; to full, so as to run or flow over; to be copious.
  20. To hang loose and waving; as, a flowing mantle; flowing locks.
  21. To discharge blood in excess from the uterus.
  22. To cover with water or other liquid; to overflow; to inundate; to flood.
  23. To cover with varnish.
  24. A stream of water or other fluid; a current; as, a flow of water; a flow of blood.
  25. Any gentle, gradual movement or procedure of thought, diction, music, or the like, resembling the quiet, steady movement of a river; a stream.
  26. The tidal setting in of the water from the ocean to the shore. See Ebb and flow, under Ebb.
  27. To rise, as the tide; - opposed to ebb; as, the tide flows twice in twenty- four hours.
  28. A low- lying piece of watery land; - called also flow moss and flow bog.
  29. To run or spread, as water; circulate; glide; rise, as the tide; melt; issue forth.
  30. To overflow or inundate.
  31. A current or stream; the rise of the tide.
  32. To run, as water; to rise, as the tide; to move in a stream, as air: to glide smoothly; to circulate, as the blood; to abound; to hang loose and waving; ( B.) to melt.
  33. To cover with water.
  34. A stream or current; the setting in of the tide from the ocean; abundance; copiousness; free expression.
  35. A stream; current; rising tide; copiousness.
  36. To run, as a liquid; rise, as the tide; be poured forth; abound; hang loose and waving.
  37. To overflow; flood.
  38. To move, as a stream; glide; issue; result.
  39. To rise, as the tide; abound.
  40. The act of flowing; a stream or current; incoming of the tide; a copious outpouring.
  41. A stream; a current; the rise of the tide; abundance; copiousness; free out flow.
  42. To move or run, as a fluid; to melt; to proceed or issue; to abound; to glide along smoothly; to rise, as the tide; to circulate, as the blood; to move in a stream.
  43. To move along, as water; to run, as a liquid; to issue, as from a source; to glide along smoothly; to hang loose and waving, as a mantle.
  44. Rise of water, as opposed to a fall; a stream; copiousness, as a flow of language; sudden plenty or abundance.

Usage examples for flow

  1. They flow in pity for you. – The Gamester (1753) by Edward Moore Commentator: Charles H. Peake Phillip R. Wikelund
  2. The Spaniards, however, were not thoroughly reduced until four years after, though they were being continually killed, beaten, cut to pieces, and otherwise dealt with, in a manner from which their reduction would seem to flow as a natural consequence. – The Comic History of Rome by Gilbert Abbott Becket
  3. After that she stood still, but her milk soon ceased to flow. – The White Peacock by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  4. 21: 4. 20. What will flow through the city? – Bible-Readings-for-the-Home-Circle by
  5. Great effects not unfrequently flow from small causes. – Twenty-Four Short Sermons On The Doctrine Of Universal Salvation by John Bovee Dods
  6. For a mere five minutes the flow of freight continued. – The Pirates of Ersatz by Murray Leinster
  7. Means something, language of flow. – Ulysses by James Joyce
  8. Gentlemen are not always attracted by the feast of reason and the flow of soul. – After the Storm by T. S. Arthur
  9. After this our conversation did not flow readily and so I left the Baron to himself. – Beasts, Men and Gods by Ferdinand Ossendowski
  10. " But it must flow down some time, surely," said the boy. – The Boy With the U. S. Survey by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  11. Those who throw stones Surely will rue it; Little of pleasure, evil may flow, Mischief past measure comes of a blow. – Cole's Funny Picture Book No. 1 by Edward William Cole
  12. The glass being nearly empty, the blood containing the poison will, in consequence, flow into it from the wound of its own accord. – The Book of Household Management by Mrs. Isabella Beeton
  13. For now there was no measured flow of words To mark the time; nor any interval Of silence to repose the listening ear. – The Poems of Henry Van Dyke by Henry Van Dyke
  14. 2. Backward, flow backward, O tide of the years! – McGuffey's Fifth Eclectic Reader by William Holmes McGuffey
  15. The first words that startled me, in her flow of speech, were these: And I must not forget to tell you of poor Lord Uppercliff's misfortune. – The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins
  16. Lady Blemley kept up a flow of what she hoped was conversation, but her attention was fixed on the doorway. – The Chronicles of Clovis by Saki
  17. No positive good was to be hoped from government, and much positive evil would flow from it at the best. – Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle by H. N. Brailsford
  18. In the meantime, Deck tied up the worst wound of the prisoner with his handkerchief, and did what he could to stop the flow of blood. – A Lieutenant at Eighteen by Oliver Optic
  19. And all rivers, no doubt, flow to the sea? – Red Masquerade by Louis Joseph Vance