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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 ?
The road from the north curved a little to the east just there, and the road from the west swung out a little to the south; so that the grave, with its tall red grass that was never mowed, was like a little island; and at twilight, under a new moon or the clear evening star, the dusty roads used to look like soft grey rivers flowing past it.
After the water has been suffered so to have its will, for a time, like a headstrong man, it is gathered together by the hand that made it, and a few rods below you may see it all, flowing on steadily toward the sea, as was foreordained from the first foundation of the 'arth
He was probably accustomed to a sad monotony of life, not so much flowing in a stream, however sluggish, as stagnating in a pool around his feet.
Here they sat down on a luxuriant heap of moss; which at some epoch of the preceding century, had been a gigantic pine, with its roots and trunk in the darksome shade, and its head aloft in the upper atmosphere It was a little dell where they had seated themselves, with a leaf-strewn bank rising gently on either side, and a brook flowing through the midst, over a bed of fallen and drowned leaves.
Be this conceit of mine as it may, gentlemen, at all events Steelkilt was a tall and noble animal with a head like a Roman, and a flowing golden beard like the tasseled housings of your last viceroy's snorting charger; and a brain, and a heart, and a soul in him, gentlemen, which had made Steelkilt Charlemagne, had he been born son to Charlemagne's father.
For, though himself and boat's crew remained untainted, and though his ship was half a rifle-shot off, and an incorruptible sea and air rolling and flowing between; yet conscientiously adhering to the timid quarantine of the land, he peremptorily refused to come into direct contact with the Pequod.
I could not understand much of what they said, but I found they thought, if I had gone on as the master wanted me, most likely the bridge would have given way under us, and horse, chaise, master, and man would have fallen into the river; and as the current was flowing very strongly, and there was no light and no help at hand, it was more than likely we should all have been drowned.
In men of his class, vigor and resolution are entirely a physical matter, and ooze out with the flowing of the blood; and the gigantic fellow really looked piteous in his helplessness.
I followed the direction of his eye, and saw that a very old and white-bearded man, clothed in a flowing black gown, had risen and was standing at the table upon unsteady legs, and feebly swaying his ancient head and surveying the company with his watery and wandering eye.
Then the duelists took position again; a small stream of blood was flowing down the side of the injured man's head, and over his shoulder and down his body to the floor, but he did not seem to mind this.
In almost no time his flowing reasonings carried him to the point of even half believing he was doing Roxy a splendid surreptitious service in selling her "down the river.
A moment later she was reading Tom's piece of bark through flowing tears and saying: "I could forgive the boy, now, if he'd committed a million sins