verb (used without object)
to move along in a stream:
The river flowed slowly to the sea.
blood flowing through one’s veins.
to stream or well forth:
Warmth flows from the sun.
to issue or proceed from a source:
Orders flowed from the office.
to come or go as in a stream:
A constant stream of humanity flowed by.
to proceed continuously and smoothly:
Melody flowed from the violin.
to hang loosely at full length:
Her hair flowed over her shoulders.
to abound in something:
The tavern flowed with wine.
to rise and advance, as the tide (opposed to ).
verb (used with object)
to cause or permit to flow:
to flow paint on a wall before brushing.
to cover with water or other liquid; flood.
an act of flowing.
movement in or as if in a stream.
the rate of flowing.
the volume of fluid that flows through a passage of any given section during a unit of time:
Oil flow of the well was 500 barrels a day.
something that flows; stream.
an outpouring or discharge of something, as in a stream:
a flow of blood.
an overflowing; flood.
the rise of the tide (opposed to ).
Machinery. progressive distortion of a metal object under continuous service at high temperature.
Physics. the transference of energy:
verb (mainly intransitive)
(of liquids) to move or be conveyed as in a stream
(of blood) to circulate around the body
to move or progress freely as if in a stream: the crowd flowed into the building
to proceed or be produced continuously and effortlessly: ideas flowed from her pen
to show or be marked by smooth or easy movement
to hang freely or loosely: her hair flowed down her back
to be present in abundance: wine flows at their parties
an informal word for menstruate
(of tide water) to advance or rise Compare ebb (sense 1)
(transitive) to cover or swamp with liquid; flood
(of rocks such as slate) to yield to pressure without breaking so that the structure and arrangement of the constituent minerals are altered
the act, rate, or manner of flowing: a fast flow
a continuous stream or discharge
the advancing of the tide
a stream of molten or solidified lava
the amount of liquid that flows in a given time
an informal word for menstruation
flow of spirits, natural happiness
Old English flowan “to flow, stream, issue; become liquid, melt; abound, overflow” (class VII strong verb; past tense fleow, past participle flowen), from Proto-Germanic *flo- (cf. Middle Dutch vloyen, Dutch vloeien “to flow,” Old Norse floa “to deluge,” Old High German flouwen “to rinse, wash”), probably from PIE *pleu- “flow, float” (see pluvial). The weak form predominated from 14c., but strong past participle flown is occasionally attested through 18c. Related: Flowed; flowing.
mid-15c., “action of flowing,” from flow (v.). Meaning “amount that flows” is from 1807. Flow chart attested from 1920.
v. flowed, flow·ing, flows
To menstruate: am flowing, so can’t do inverted poses
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