Definition of Flow

1. Noun. The motion characteristic of fluids (liquids or gases).

2. Verb. Move or progress freely as if in a stream. "The crowd flowed out of the stadium"
Exact synonyms: Flux
Generic synonyms: Move
Specialized synonyms: Cockle, Riffle, Ripple, Ruffle, Undulate, Transpirate, Transpire
Derivative terms: Fluxion

3. Noun. The amount of fluid that flows in a given time.
Exact synonyms: Flow Rate, Rate Of Flow
Specialized synonyms: Cardiac Output
Generic synonyms: Rate

4. Verb. Move along, of liquids. "Water and oil flow into the bowl"; "The Missouri feeds into the Mississippi"
Exact synonyms: Course, Feed, Run
Specialized synonyms: Flush, Gush, Jet, Surge, Tide, Circulate, Eddy, Purl, Swirl, Whirl, Whirlpool, Run Off, Waste, Run Down, Pour, Run Out, Spill, Stream, Well Out, Dribble, Filter, Trickle, Drain, Run Out, Ooze, Seep, Gutter
Generic synonyms: Move
Derivative terms: Course, Flowing, Run, Run
Also: Flow From, Run Over

5. Noun. The act of flowing or streaming; continuous progression.
Exact synonyms: Stream
Generic synonyms: Motion, Move, Movement
Specialized synonyms: Release, Spill, Spillage, Flood, Outpouring, Overflow
Derivative terms: Stream

6. Verb. Cause to flow. "The artist flowed the washes on the paper"
Causes: Course, Feed, Run

7. Noun. Any uninterrupted stream or discharge.

8. Verb. Be abundantly present. "The champagne flowed at the wedding"
Generic synonyms: Be, Exist

9. Noun. Something that resembles a flowing stream in moving continuously. "The museum had planned carefully for the flow of visitors"
Exact synonyms: Stream
Generic synonyms: Motion
Derivative terms: Stream, Stream

10. Verb. Fall or flow in a certain way. "Her long black hair flowed down her back"
Exact synonyms: Fall, Hang
Derivative terms: Hang

11. Noun. Dominant course (suggestive of running water) of successive events or ideas. "The current of history"
Exact synonyms: Current, Stream
Generic synonyms: Course, Line

12. Verb. Cover or swamp with water.
Generic synonyms: Flood
Specialized synonyms: Lap, Lave, Wash
Derivative terms: Flowage, Flowage

13. Noun. The monthly discharge of blood from the uterus of nonpregnant women from puberty to menopause. "The semen begins to appear in males and to be emitted at the same time of life that the catamenia begin to flow in females"
Exact synonyms: Catamenia, Menses, Menstruation, Menstruum, Period
Generic synonyms: Discharge, Emission, Expelling
Specialized synonyms: Hypermenorrhea, Menorrhagia, Oligomenorrhea
Derivative terms: Catamenial, Menstruate

14. Verb. Undergo menstruation. "They flow "; "She started menstruating at the age of 11"
Exact synonyms: Menstruate
Entails: Ovulate
Generic synonyms: Bleed, Hemorrhage, Shed Blood
Derivative terms: Menstruation

Definition of Flow

1. v. i. 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.

2. v. t. To cover with water or other liquid; to overflow; to inundate; to flood.

3. n. A stream of water or other fluid; a current; as, a flow of water; a flow of blood.

Definition of Flow

1. Noun. The movement of a fluid. ¹

2. Noun. The rising movement of the tide. ¹

3. Noun. Smoothness or continuity. ¹

4. Noun. The amount of a fluid that moves or the rate of fluid movement. ¹

5. Noun. (psychology) the state of being at one with. ¹

6. Verb. (intransitive) To move as a fluid from one position to another. ¹

7. Verb. (intransitive) To move or match smoothly, gracefully, or continuously. ¹

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Definition of Flow

1. to move steadily and smoothly along [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Flow

1. 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. 2. To become liquid; to melt. "The mountains flowed down at thy presence." (Is. Lxiv. 3) 3. To pproceed; 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. Origin: AS. Flowan; akin to D. Vloeijen, OHG. Flawen to wash, Icel. Floa to deluge, Gr. To float, sail, and prob. Ultimately to E. Float, fleet. 80. Cf. Flood. 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. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Flow

flow (current term)
flow-over vaporiser
flow-volume curve
flow away
flow battery
flow cell
flow chart
flow control
flow cytoenzymology
flow cytometer
flow cytometry
flow cytophotometry

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