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Meaning of FLOW

Pronunciation:  flow

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of flowing or streaming; continuous progression
  2. [n]  the motion characteristic of fluids (liquids or gases)
  3. [n]  dominant course (suggestive of running water) of successive events or ideas; "two streams of development run through American history"; "stream of consciousness"; "the flow of thought"; "the current of history"
  4. [n]  any uninterrupted stream or discharge
  5. [n]  the monthly discharge of blood from the uterus of nonpregnant women from puberty to menopause; "the women were sickly and subject to excessive menstruation"; "a woman does not take the gout unless her menses be stopped"--Hippocrates; "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"--Aristotle
  6. [n]  something that resembles a flowing stream in moving continuously; "a stream of people emptied from the terminal"; "the museum had planned carefully for the flow of visitors"
  7. [n]  the amount of fluid that flows in a given time
  8. [v]  undergo menstruation; "She started menstruating at the age of 11"
  9. [v]  cover or swamp with water
  10. [v]  fall or flow in a certain way; "This dress hangs well"; "Her long black hair flowed down her back"
  11. [v]  move or progress freely as if in a stream; "The crowd flowed out of the stadium"
  12. [v]  move along, of liquids; "Water flowed into the cave"
  13. [v]  cause to flow; "The artist flowed the washes on the paper"
  14. [v]  be abundantly present; "The champagne flowed at the wedding"

FLOW is a 4 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: catamenia, course, current, fall, flow rate, flowing, flux, hang, menses, menstruate, menstruation, period, rate of flow, run, stream, stream, stream
 See Also: action, activity, airflow, airstream, backflow, backflowing, backwash, be, be due, bleed, brim over, cardiac output, change of location, circulate, cockle, course, current, discharge, discharge, drain, dribble, dribble, drip, ebb, eddy, effluence, efflux, emission, emission, exist, expelling, filling, filter, flood, flood, flood, flow, flow from, flowage, flush, flush, flux, fluxion, fountain, freshet, gush, gush, gutter, hemorrhage, hypermenorrhea, inflow, influx, jet, jet, lap, lave, line, menorrhagia, motion, motion, move, move, movement, natural action, natural process, oligomenorrhea, ooze, ooze, oozing, outflow, outpouring, outpouring, overflow, overflow, overflow, overrun, overspill, ovulate, pour, purl, race, rate, reflux, release, riffle, ripple, ruffle, run, run down, run off, run out, run over, runoff, rush, seep, seepage, shed blood, slipstream, sluice, spate, spill, spill, spillage, stream, stream, streamline flow, surge, surge, swirl, tide, transpirate, transpire, travel, trickle, trickle, turbulent flow, undulate, upsurge, wash, wash, waste, well out, well over, whirl, whirlpool



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Flow\ (fl[=o]), obs.
    imp. sing. of {Fly}, v. i. --Chaucer.
  2. \Flow\ (fl[=o]), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Flowed} (fl[=o]d); p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Flowing}.] [AS. fl[=o]wan; akin to D. vloeijen,
    OHG. flawen to wash, Icel. fl[=o]a to deluge, Gr. plw`ein to
    float, sail, and prob. ultimately to E. float, fleet.
    [root]80. Cf. {Flood}.]
    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 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.
    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.
             The exhilaration of a night that needed not the
             influence of the flowing bowl.        --Prof.
    6. To hang loose and waving; as, a flowing mantle; flowing
             The imperial purple flowing in his train. --A.
    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.
    8. To discharge blood in excess from the uterus.
  3. \Flow\, v. t.
    1. To cover with water or other liquid; to overflow; to
       inundate; to flood.
    2. To cover with varnish.
  4. \Flow\, 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
    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}. [Scot.] --Jamieson.
Computing Dictionary

A companion utility to floppy by Julian James Bunn <[email protected]>. Flow allows the user to produce various reports on the structure of fortran 77 code, such as flow diagrams and common block tables. It runs under vms, unix, cms.

Posted to comp.sources.misc volume 31.

Biology Dictionary
  1. The movement of a stream of water and/or other mobile substances from place to place; the movement of water.
  2. The moving water itself.
  3. The volume of water passing a given point per unit of time.
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