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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.

flowing

(ˈfləʊɪŋ)
adj
1. (of liquids) moving as in a stream
2. (of tide water) advancing or rising
3. hanging freely or loosely
4. marked by smooth or easy movement. See also fast-flowing

flow•ing

(ˈfloʊ ɪŋ)

adj.
long, smooth, and graceful: flowing lines; flowing gestures.
[1545–55]
flow′ing•ly, adv.
flow′ing•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.flowing - the motion characteristic of fluids (liquids or gases)flowing - 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
Adj.1.flowing - designed or arranged to offer the least resistant to fluid flow; "a streamlined convertible"
smooth - having a surface free from roughness or bumps or ridges or irregularities; "smooth skin"; "a smooth tabletop"; "smooth fabric"; "a smooth road"; "water as smooth as a mirror"

flowing

adjective
1. streaming, rushing, gushing, teeming, falling, full, rolling, sweeping, flooded, fluid, prolific, abundant, overrun, brimming over fragrance borne by the swiftly flowing stream
2. sleek, smooth, fluid, unbroken, uninterrupted a smooth flowing line against a cloudless sky
3. fluent, easy, natural, continuous, effortless, uninterrupted, free-flowing, cursive, rich his own rhetoric and flowing style of delivery
4. loose, hanging, floppy, flaccid She wore a chic flowing gown.

flowing

adjective
Marked by facility, especially of expression:
Translations

flowing

[ˈfləʊɪŋ] ADJ [movement] → fluido; [stream] → corriente; [hair, clothing] → suelto; [style] → fluido

flowing

adj
waterfließend
(= long and loose) hair, beard, robe, gownwallend; skirtfließend
(= moving freely) movement, style, footballflüssig; (= graceful) linesfließend; the flowing lines of the cardie schnittigen Linien des Autos

flowing

[ˈfləʊɪŋ] adj (style) → scorrevole, fluido/a; (movement) → sciolto/a; (dress) → di linea morbida; (hair) → fluente
flowing robes → abiti mpl dalle linee fluide
References in classic literature ?
And all with pearl and ruby glowing Was the fair palace door, Through which came flowing, flowing, flowing, And sparkling evermore, A troop of Echoes, whose sweet duty Was but to sing, In voices of surpassing beauty, The wit and wisdom of their king.
But if it be asked how it happens that the blood in the veins, flowing in this way continually into the heart, is not exhausted, and why the arteries do not become too full, since all the blood which passes through the heart flows into them, I need only mention in reply what has been written by a physician 1 of England, who has the honor of having broken the ice on this subject, and of having been the first to teach that there are many small passages at the extremities of the arteries, through which the blood received by them from the heart passes into the small branches of the veins, whence it again returns to the heart; so that its course amounts precisely to a perpetual circulation.
She was clad in flowing, fluffy robes of soft material that reminded Dorothy of woven cobwebs, only it was colored in soft tintings of violet, rose, topaz, olive, azure, and white, mingled together most harmoniously in stripes which melted one into the other with soft blendings.
As she faced them, shy as a frightened fawn, poised upon one foot as if to fly the next instant, Dorothy was astonished to see tears flowing from her violet eyes and trickling down her lovely rose-hued cheeks.
Few phenomena gave me more delight than to observe the forms which thawing sand and clay assume in flowing down the sides of a deep cut on the railroad through which I passed on my way to the village, a phenomenon not very common on so large a scale, though the number of freshly exposed banks of the right material must have been greatly multiplied since railroads were invented.
Still the flowing stream Sweeps on, but the swift torrents of green hours Are licked into the brazen skies between Their widening banks.
Soon, however, they realized the truth: that the current of the river had reversed and the water was now flowing in the opposite direction-- toward the mountains.
They clung to the tree until they found the water flowing the right way, when they let go and permitted the raft to resume its voyage.
Along the irrigation channels of the vegetable garden streams of water were flowing, and now and again Daylight broke off from his reading to run out and change the flow of water.
Lost to the world about us, we lay, with my blood flowing on her, united in our deathly trance.
(23) Oceanus is here regarded as a continuous stream enclosing the earth and the seas, and so as flowing back upon himself.
This man rode toward Balashev at a gallop, his plumes flowing and his gems and gold lace glittering in the bright June sunshine.