Flow

Definition of Flow

Pronunciation: flō
imp. sing.1.imp. sing. of Fly, v. i.
v. i.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.
[imp. & p. p. Flowed (flōd); p. pr. & vb. n. Flowing.]
2.To become liquid; to melt.
The mountains flowed down at thy presence.
- Is. lxiv. 3.
3.To proceed; 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.
- Shak.
8.To discharge blood in excess from the uterus.
v. t.1.To cover with water or other liquid; to overflow; to inundate; to flood.
2.To cover with varnish.
n.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.

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