Flushing



[fluhsh-ing] /ˈflʌʃ ɪŋ/

noun
1.
Dutch Vlissingen. a seaport on Walcheren Island, in the SW Netherlands.
[fluhsh] /flʌʃ/
noun
1.
a blush; rosy glow:
a flush of embarrassment on his face.
2.
a rushing or overspreading flow, as of water.
3.
a sudden rise of emotion or excitement:
a flush of anger.
4.
glowing freshness or vigor:
the flush of youth.
5.
hot flush, .
6.
a cleansing preparation that acts by flushing:
an oil flush for the car’s engine.
verb (used with object)
7.
to redden; cause to blush or glow:
Winter air flushed the children’s cheeks.
8.
to flood or spray thoroughly with water, as for cleansing purposes:
They flushed the wall with water and then scrubbed it down.
9.
to wash out (a sewer, toilet, etc.) by a sudden rush of water.
10.
Metallurgy.

11.
to animate or excite; inflame:
flushed with success.
verb (used without object)
12.
to blush; redden.
13.
to flow with a rush; flow and spread suddenly.
14.
to operate by flushing; undergo flushing:
The toilet won’t flush.
[fluhsh] /flʌʃ/
adjective
1.
even or level, as with a surface; forming the same plane:
The bottom of the window is flush with the floor.
2.
having direct contact; being right next to; immediately adjacent; contiguous:
The table was flush against the wall.
3.
well-supplied, as with money; affluent; prosperous:
He was feeling flush on payday.
4.
abundant or plentiful, as money.
5.
having a ruddy or reddish color; blushing.
6.
full of vigor; lusty.
7.
full to overflowing.
8.
Printing. even or level with the right margin (flush right) or the left margin (flush left) of the type page; without an indention.
adverb
9.
on the same level; in a straight line; without a change of plane:
to be made flush with the top of the table.
10.
in direct contact; squarely:
It was set flush against the edge.
verb (used with object)
11.
to make flush or even.
12.
to improve the nutrition of (a ewe) to bring on optimum physiological conditions for breeding.
verb (used without object)
13.
to send out shoots, as plants in spring.
noun
14.
a fresh growth, as of shoots and leaves.
[fluhsh] /flʌʃ/ Hunting.
verb (used with object)
1.
to rouse and cause to start up or fly off:
to flush a woodcock.
verb (used without object)
2.
to fly out or start up suddenly.
noun
3.
a flushed bird or flock of birds.
/ˈflʌʃɪŋ/
noun
1.
an extra feeding given to ewes before mating to increase the lambing percentage
/ˈflʌʃɪŋ/
noun
1.
a port in the SW Netherlands, in Zeeland province, on Walcheren Island, at the mouth of the West Scheldt river: the first Dutch city to throw off Spanish rule (1572). Pop: 45 000 (2003 est) Dutch name Vlissingen
/flʌʃ/
verb
1.
to blush or cause to blush
2.
to flow or flood or cause to flow or flood with or as if with water
3.
to glow or shine or cause to glow or shine with a rosy colour
4.
to send a volume of water quickly through (a pipe, channel, etc) or into (a toilet) for the purpose of cleansing, emptying, etc
5.
to cause (soluble substances in the soil) to be washed towards the surface, as by the action of underground springs, or (of such substances) to be washed towards the soil surface
6.
(transitive; usually passive) to excite or elate
noun
7.
a rosy colour, esp in the cheeks; blush
8.
a sudden flow or gush, as of water
9.
a feeling of excitement or elation: the flush of success
10.
early bloom; freshness: the flush of youth
11.
redness of the skin, esp of the face, as from the effects of a fever, alcohol, etc
12.
(ecology) an area of boggy land fed by ground water
adjective
13.
having a ruddy or heightened colour
/flʌʃ/
adjective (usually postpositive)
1.
level or even with another surface
2.
directly adjacent; continuous
3.
(informal) having plenty of money
4.
(informal) abundant or plentiful, as money
5.
full of vigour
6.
full to the brim or to the point of overflowing
7.
(printing) having an even margin, right or left, with no indentations
8.
(of a blow) accurately delivered
9.
(of a vessel) having no superstructure built above the flat level of the deck
adverb
10.
so as to be level or even
11.
directly or squarely
verb (transitive)
12.
to cause (surfaces) to be on the same level or in the same plane
13.
to enrich the diet of (an ewe) during the breeding season
noun
14.
a period of fresh growth of leaves, shoots, etc
/flʌʃ/
verb
1.
(transitive) to rouse (game, wild creatures, etc) and put to flight
/flʌʃ/
noun
1.
(in poker and similar games) a hand containing only one suit

New York village established 1645 by English Puritans (now a neighborhood in Queens), an English corruption of Dutch Vlissingen, name of Dutch town where the Puritans had taken refuge, literally “flowing” (so called for its location on an estuary of the West Scheldt), related to flush (v.).
v.

“fly up suddenly,” c.1300, perhaps imitative of the sound of beating wings, or related to flash via its variant flushe. Probably not connected to Old French flux, source of flush (n.).

Transitive meaning “to cause to fly, start” is first attested mid-15c. The sense of “spurt, rush out suddenly, flow with force” (1540s) is probably the same word, with the connecting notion being “sudden movement,” but its senses seem more to fit the older ones of flash (now all transferred to this word except in flash flood). Meaning “cleanse a drain, etc., with a rush of water” is from 1789. The noun sense of “sudden redness in the face” (1620s) probably belongs here, too. The verb in this sense is from 1660s. “A very puzzling word” [Weekley]. Related: Flushed; flushing.
adj.

1550s, “perfect, faultless;” c.1600, “abundant; plentifully supplied (with money, etc.),” perhaps from flush (v.) through the notion of a river running full, hence level with its banks. Meaning “even, level” is from 1620s.
n.

“hand of cards all of one suit,” 1520s, perhaps from Middle French flus (15c.), from Old French flux “a flowing,” with the sense of “a run” (of cards), from Latin fluxus “flux,” from fluere “to flow” (see fluent). The form in English probably was influenced by flush (v.).

flush 1 (flŭsh)
v. flushed, flush·ing, flush·es

n.

adj.
Having surfaces in the same plane; even.

adjective

Having plenty of money; affluent, esp temporarily; rich: It took money, and the jazzman wasn’t ever too flush (1603+)

verb

Related Terms

four-flush, in a flush

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