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flow

 (flō)
v. flowed, flow·ing, flows
v.intr.
1.
a. To move or run smoothly with unbroken continuity, as in the manner characteristic of a fluid.
b. To issue in a stream; pour forth: Sap flowed from the gash in the tree.
2. To circulate, as the blood in the body.
3. To move with a continual shifting of component particles: wheat flowing into the bin; traffic flowing through the tunnel.
4. To proceed steadily and easily: The preparations flowed smoothly.
5. To exhibit a smooth or graceful continuity: The poem's cadence flowed gracefully.
6. To hang loosely and gracefully: The cape flowed from his shoulders.
7. To rise. Used of the tide.
8. To arise; derive: Many conclusions flow from this hypothesis.
9.
a. To be abundant; teem: coffers flowing with treasure; wine flowing at the celebration.
b. To move from one place to another in large numbers: Contributions flowed in from all parts of the country.
10. To menstruate.
11. To undergo plastic deformation without cracking or breaking. Used of rocks, metals, or minerals.
v.tr.
1. To release as a flow: trees flowing thin sap.
2. To cause to flow: "One of the real keys to success is developing a system where you can flow traffic to yourselves" (Marc Klee).
n.
1.
a. The act of flowing.
b. The smooth motion characteristic of fluids.
2.
a. A stream or current.
b. A flood or overflow.
c. A residual mass that has stopped flowing: a hardened lava flow.
3.
a. A continuous output or outpouring: a flow of ideas; produced a steady flow of stories.
b. A continuous movement or circulation: the flow of traffic; a flow of paperwork across his desk.
4. The amount that flows in a given period of time.
5. The rising of the tide.
6. Continuity and smoothness of appearance.
7. A general movement or tendency: a dissenter who went against the flow of opinion.
8. The sequence in which operations are performed.
9. An apparent ease or effortlessness of performance: "An athlete must learn to forget the details of his or her training to achieve the instinctive sense of flow that characterizes a champion" (Frederick Turner).
10. Menstrual discharge.

[Middle English flouen, from Old English flōwan; see pleu- in Indo-European roots.]

flow′ing·ly adv.
Synonyms: flow, current, flood, rush1, stream, tide1
These nouns denote something suggestive of running water, as in power of movement or abundance: a flow of thought; the current of history; a flood of ideas; a rush of sympathy; a stream of complaints; a tide of immigration. See Also Synonyms at stem1.

flow

(fləʊ)
vb (mainly intr)
1. (of liquids) to move or be conveyed as in a stream
2. (of blood) to circulate around the body
3. to move or progress freely as if in a stream: the crowd flowed into the building.
4. to proceed or be produced continuously and effortlessly: ideas flowed from her pen.
5. to show or be marked by smooth or easy movement
6. to hang freely or loosely: her hair flowed down her back.
7. to be present in abundance: wine flows at their parties.
8. (Physiology) an informal word for menstruate
9. (Physical Geography) (of tide water) to advance or rise. Compare ebb1
10. (tr) to cover or swamp with liquid; flood
11. (Geological Science) (of rocks such as slate) to yield to pressure without breaking so that the structure and arrangement of the constituent minerals are altered
n
12. the act, rate, or manner of flowing: a fast flow.
13. a continuous stream or discharge
14. continuous progression
15. (Physical Geography) the advancing of the tide
16. (Physical Geography) a stream of molten or solidified lava
17. the amount of liquid that flows in a given time
18. (Physiology) an informal word for menstruation
19. (Physical Geography)
a. a marsh or swamp
b. an inlet or basin of the sea
c. (capital when part of a name): Scapa Flow.
20. flow of spirits natural happiness
[Old English flōwan; related to Old Norse flōa, Middle Low German vlōien, Greek plein to float, Sanskrit plavate he swims]

flow

(floʊ)

v.i.
1. to move along in a stream: The river flows to the sea.
2. to circulate, as blood.
3. to stream or well forth.
4. to issue or proceed from a source: Orders flowed from the office.
5. to come or go as in a stream: Masses of people flowed by.
6. to proceed continuously: The words flowed from his pen.
7. to hang loosely at full length: hair flowing down her back.
8. to abound in something: a land flowing with plentiful harvests.
9. to menstruate.
10. to rise and advance, as the tide (opposed to ebb).
v.t.
11. to cause or permit to flow.
12. to cover with liquid; flood.
n.
13. an act of flowing.
14. movement in or as if in a stream.
15. the rate of flowing.
16. the volume of fluid that flows through a passage during a given unit of time.
17. something that flows; stream.
18. an outpouring of something: a flow of blood.
20. an overflowing; flood.
21. the rise of the tide (opposed to ebb).
22. the transference of energy: heat flow.
Idioms:
go with the flow, to follow prevailing trends.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English flōwan]

flow


Past participle: flowed
Gerund: flowing

Imperative
flow
flow
Present
I flow
you flow
he/she/it flows
we flow
you flow
they flow
Preterite
I flowed
you flowed
he/she/it flowed
we flowed
you flowed
they flowed
Present Continuous
I am flowing
you are flowing
he/she/it is flowing
we are flowing
you are flowing
they are flowing
Present Perfect
I have flowed
you have flowed
he/she/it has flowed
we have flowed
you have flowed
they have flowed
Past Continuous
I was flowing
you were flowing
he/she/it was flowing
we were flowing
you were flowing
they were flowing
Past Perfect
I had flowed
you had flowed
he/she/it had flowed
we had flowed
you had flowed
they had flowed
Future
I will flow
you will flow
he/she/it will flow
we will flow
you will flow
they will flow
Future Perfect
I will have flowed
you will have flowed
he/she/it will have flowed
we will have flowed
you will have flowed
they will have flowed
Future Continuous
I will be flowing
you will be flowing
he/she/it will be flowing
we will be flowing
you will be flowing
they will be flowing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been flowing
you have been flowing
he/she/it has been flowing
we have been flowing
you have been flowing
they have been flowing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been flowing
you will have been flowing
he/she/it will have been flowing
we will have been flowing
you will have been flowing
they will have been flowing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been flowing
you had been flowing
he/she/it had been flowing
we had been flowing
you had been flowing
they had been flowing
Conditional
I would flow
you would flow
he/she/it would flow
we would flow
you would flow
they would flow
Past Conditional
I would have flowed
you would have flowed
he/she/it would have flowed
we would have flowed
you would have flowed
they would have flowed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.flow - the motion characteristic of fluids (liquids or gases)flow - the motion characteristic of fluids (liquids or gases)
fountain, jet - an artificially produced flow of water
change of location, travel - a movement through space that changes the location of something
ebb, reflux - the outward flow of the tide
backflow, backflowing - a flow that returns toward its source
air flow, airflow, flow of air - the flow of air; "she adjusted the fan so that the airflow was directed right at her"
current, stream - a steady flow of a fluid (usually from natural causes); "the raft floated downstream on the current"; "he felt a stream of air"; "the hose ejected a stream of water"
freshet, spate - the occurrence of a water flow resulting from sudden rain or melting snow
runoff, overflow, overspill - the occurrence of surplus liquid (as water) exceeding the limit or capacity
drippage, dripping - a liquid (as water) that flows in drops (as from the eaves of house)
outpouring, discharge, run - the pouring forth of a fluid
fluxion, flux - a flow or discharge
oozing, seepage, ooze - the process of seeping
dribble, drip, trickle - flowing in drops; the formation and falling of drops of liquid; "there's a drip through the roof"
emission - the occurrence of a flow of water (as from a pipe)
gush, outpouring, flush - a sudden rapid flow (as of water); "he heard the flush of a toilet"; "there was a little gush of blood"; "she attacked him with an outpouring of words"
surge, upsurge, rush, spate - a sudden forceful flow
2.flow - the amount of fluid that flows in a given time
cardiac output - the amount of blood pumped out by the ventricles in a given period of time; "a resting adult has a cardiac output of about three quarts a minute"
rate - a magnitude or frequency relative to a time unit; "they traveled at a rate of 55 miles per hour"; "the rate of change was faster than expected"
3.flow - the act of flowing or streaming; continuous progression
movement, move, motion - the act of changing location from one place to another; "police controlled the motion of the crowd"; "the movement of people from the farms to the cities"; "his move put him directly in my path"
spillage, spill, release - the act of allowing a fluid to escape
overflow, flood, outpouring - a large flow
4.flow - any uninterrupted stream or discharge
backwash, slipstream, airstream, wash, race - the flow of air that is driven backwards by an aircraft propeller
turbulent flow - flow in which the velocity at any point varies erratically
streamline flow - flow of a gas or liquid in which the velocity at any point is relatively steady
filling - flow into something (as a container)
flowage - gradual internal motion or deformation of a solid body (as by heat); "rock fracture and rock flowage are different types of geological deformation"
inflow, influx - the process of flowing in
natural action, natural process, action, activity - a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings); "the action of natural forces"; "volcanic activity"
effluence, efflux, outflow - the process of flowing out
5.flow - 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"
motion - a state of change; "they were in a state of steady motion"
6.flow - 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"
course, line - a connected series of events or actions or developments; "the government took a firm course"; "historians can only point out those lines for which evidence is available"
7.flow - the monthly discharge of blood from the uterus of nonpregnant women from puberty to menopauseflow - 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
expelling, discharge, emission - any of several bodily processes by which substances go out of the body; "the discharge of pus"
hypermenorrhea, menorrhagia - abnormally heavy or prolonged menstruation; can be a symptom of uterine tumors and can lead to anemia if prolonged
oligomenorrhea - abnormally light or infrequent menstruation
Verb1.flow - move or progress freely as if in a stream; "The crowd flowed out of the stadium"
move - move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion; "He moved his hand slightly to the right"
cockle, ripple, ruffle, undulate, riffle - stir up (water) so as to form ripples
transpirate, transpire - pass through the tissue or substance or its pores or interstices, as of gas
2.flow - move along, of liquids; "Water flowed into the cave"; "the Missouri feeds into the Mississippi"
flush - flow freely; "The garbage flushed down the river"
jet, gush - issue in a jet; come out in a jet; stream or spring forth; "Water jetted forth"; "flames were jetting out of the building"
move - move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion; "He moved his hand slightly to the right"
tide, surge - rise or move forward; "surging waves"
circulate - move through a space, circuit or system, returning to the starting point; "Blood circulates in my veins"; "The air here does not circulate"
eddy, purl, whirlpool, swirl, whirl - flow in a circular current, of liquids
waste, run off - run off as waste; "The water wastes back into the ocean"
run down - move downward; "The water ran down"
pour - flow in a spurt; "Water poured all over the floor"
spill, run out - flow, run or fall out and become lost; "The milk spilled across the floor"; "The wine spilled onto the table"
well out, stream - flow freely and abundantly; "Tears streamed down her face"
dribble, trickle, filter - run or flow slowly, as in drops or in an unsteady stream; "water trickled onto the lawn from the broken hose"; "reports began to dribble in"
drain, run out - flow off gradually; "The rain water drains into this big vat"
ooze, seep - pass gradually or leak through or as if through small openings
gutter - flow in small streams; "Tears guttered down her face"
be due, flow from - be the result of
3.flow - cause to flow; "The artist flowed the washes on the paper"
4.flow - be abundantly present; "The champagne flowed at the wedding"
exist, be - have an existence, be extant; "Is there a God?"
5.flow - fall or flow in a certain way; "This dress hangs well"; "Her long black hair flowed down her back"
6.flow - cover or swamp with water
flood - cover with liquid, usually water; "The swollen river flooded the village"; "The broken vein had flooded blood in her eyes"
lave, lap, wash - wash or flow against; "the waves laved the shore"
7.flow - undergo menstruation; "She started menstruating at the age of 11"
bleed, hemorrhage, shed blood - lose blood from one's body

flow

verb
2. pour, move, sweep, flood, stream, overflow Large numbers of refugees continue to flow into the country.
3. issue, follow, result, emerge, spring, pour, proceed, arise, derive, ensue, emanate Undesirable consequences flow from these misconceptions.
noun
1. stream, current, movement, motion, course, issue, flood, drift, tide, spate, gush, flux, outpouring, outflow, undertow, tideway watching the quiet flow of the olive-green water
2. outpouring, flood, stream, succession, train, plenty, abundance, deluge, plethora, outflow, effusion, emanation the opportunity to control the flow of information

flow

verb
1. To move freely as a liquid:
2. To pass or pour out:
3. To come forth or emit in abundance:
4. To proceed with ease, especially of expression:
5. To have as a source:
6. To be abundantly filled or richly supplied:
noun
Something suggestive of running water:
Translations
تَدَفُّقيَتَدَفَّقيَتَدَفَّقُيَرْتَفِع
течение
přílivproudprouditstoupattéci
strømstrømmeflodløbe
ladusussujuvustõusvool
virratavirtaamavirtaus
teći
árad
flæîa aîrenna, flæîa, streymastraumur, flaumur
流れる
흐르다
proceso diagramasrautastekėjimastekėti
celtiesplūdumsplūšanaplūsmaplūst
curgeflux
cirkuláciatiecťtok
tečitok
flytaströmma
ไหล
chảy

flow

[fləʊ]
A. N [of river, tide, Elec] → corriente f, flujo m; (= direction) → curso m; [of blood] (from wound) → flujo; [of words etc] → torrente m
the flow of trafficla circulación (del tráfico)
to maintain a steady flow [of people, vehicles] → mantener un movimiento constante
to go with the flowdejarse llevar
B. VI [river] → fluir, discurrir; [tide] → subir, crecer; [blood] (from wound) → manar; (through body) → circular; [tears] → correr; [hair] → caer suavemente or con soltura; [words] → fluir
tears flowed down her cheeksle corrían las lágrimas por las mejillas
the river flows through the valleyel río fluye or discurre por el valle
the river flowed over its banksel río se desbordó
the river flows into the seael río desemboca en el mar
water was flowing from the pipeel agua brotaba de la tubería
traffic is now flowing normallyel tráfico ya circula or fluye or discurre con normalidad
money flowed inel dinero entraba a raudales
people are flowing inentra la gente a raudales
to keep the conversation flowingmantener viva la conversación
the town flowed with wine and foodel pueblo abundaba en vino y comida
see also ebb
C. CPD flow chart, flow diagram Norganigrama m
flow sheet N (Comput) → diagrama m de flujo, ordinograma m (Admin) → organigrama m

flow

[ˈfləʊ]
n
[water] → écoulement m
the flow of traffic → le flot de véhicules
[information] → flux m; [talk] → flot m
[orders, letters] → flot m
(= tide) → flux m
to be in full flow [activity] → marcher à plein régime; [speaker] → être sur sa lancée
to go with the flow → suivre le mouvement
[blood] → circulation f blood flow
[electrical current] → circulation f
[river] → courant m
vi
[water] → couler; [river] → couler; [tears] → ruisseler
Water was flowing from the pipe → De l'eau s'écoulait du tuyau.
(= move) [traffic] → s'écouler; [people] → affluer
[electrical current] → passer
(= circulate) [information] → circuler; [money] → circuler
[robes, hair] → flotterflow chart flow diagram norganigramme m

flow

vi
(lit, fig)fließen; (tears)strömen, fließen; (prose)flüssig sein; where the river flows into the seawo der Fluss ins Meer mündet; tears were flowing down her cheeksTränen liefen or flossen or strömten ihr übers Gesicht; the wine flowed freely all eveningder Wein floss den ganzen Abend in Strömen; to make the conversation flowein lebhaftes Gespräch in Gang bringen; to keep the traffic flowingden Verkehr nicht ins Stocken kommen lassen; his words flowed readilyer redete sehr flüssig; to flow in/out (water, people, money etc)hinein-/herausströmen; a surge of hatred flowed through meHass wallte in mir auf
(dress, hair etc)fließen, wallen
(tide)steigen, hereinkommen
n
Fluss m; (of people)Strom m; the flow of blood/traffic/informationder Blut-/Verkehrs-/Informationsfluss; against the flow of the rivergegen den Strom; to go with the flow (fig)mit dem Strom schwimmen
the tide is on the flowdie Flut kommt
(of words etc)Redefluss m; the powerful flow of his proseseine wortgewaltige Prosa; the flow of conversationder Gesprächsfluss; he was in full flower war richtig in Fahrt

flow

[fləʊ]
1. n (of river, also) (Elec) → corrente f; (of tide) → flusso; (of blood, from wound) → uscita; (in veins) → circolazione f; (of words) → fiume m; (of insults, orders) → caterva, sfilza
the flow of traffic → la circolazione
2. vi (gen) → fluire; (tide) → salire; (blood in veins, traffic) → circolare; (hair) → ricadere (morbidamente), scendere
money flowed in (fig) → i soldi sono arrivati in grande quantità
the river flows into the sea → il fiume sfocia nel mare
to keep the conversation flowing → mantenere viva la conversazione

flow

(fləu) verb
1. to move along in the way that water does. The river flowed into the sea.
2. (of the tide) to rise. The boat left the harbour when the tide began to flow.
noun
the act of flowing. a flow of blood; the flow of traffic.
ˈflow chart noun
a chart describing the stages of a process.

flow

يَتَدَفَّقُ proudit strømme fließen κυλώ fluir virrata couler teći scorrere 流れる 흐르다 stromen strømme popłynąć fluir течь flyta ไหล akmak chảy 流动

flow

n. flujo, salida; riego; [menstrual] pop. pérdida;
v. fluir; correr; derramar;
blood ___riego sanguíneo;
laminar ______ laminar;
turbulent ______ turbulento;
___ rateindice de ___.

flow

n flujo; blood — flujo sanguíneo or de la sangre; menstrual — flujo menstrual; peak — (spirometry) flujo máximo; vi fluir
References in classic literature ?
As she stood looking out over the land some- thing, perhaps the thought of never ceasing life as it expresses itself in the flow of the seasons, fixed her mind on the passing years.
She did not interrupt his flow of reminiscent criticism; when he paused for breath, she said, quietly:
Indeed, such was the native gush and play of her spirit, that she was seldom perfectly quiet and undemonstrative, any more than a fountain ever ceases to dimple and warble with its flow.
Nor did it quit me when, late at night, I sat in the deserted parlour, lighted only by the glimmering coal-fire and the moon, striving to picture forth imaginary scenes, which, the next day, might flow out on the brightening page in many-hued description.
Yet so vast is the quantity of blood in him, and so distant and numerous its interior fountains, that he will keep thus bleeding and bleeding for a considerable period; even as in a drought a river will flow, whose source is in the well-springs of far-off and undiscernible hills.
Clare mansion, and the waves of life settled back to their usual flow, where that little bark had gone down.
Through this wound a man's real manhood and immortality flow out, and he bleeds to an everlasting death.
She was a quite biddable creature and good-hearted, but she had a flow of talk that was as steady as a mill, and made your head sore like the drays and wagons in a city.
He accepts, and the pleasant talk and the beer flow for an hour or two, and by and by the professor, properly charged and comfortable, gives a cordial good night, while the students stand bowing and uncovered; and then he moves on his happy way homeward with all his vast cargo of learning afloat in his hold.
Suddenly the minister shouted at the top of his voice: "Praise God from whom all blessings flow -- SING
Cobb waited until this flow of conversation, or more properly speaking this flood of criticism, had ceased, and then said jocularly:--
It gave me the best assurance that I might rely with the utmost confi- dence on the results which, he said, would flow from teaching me to read.