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Meaning of FLUSH

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WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  sudden reddening of the face (as from embarrassment or guilt or shame or modesty)
  2. [n]  a sudden rapid flow (as of water); "he heard the flush of a toilet"; "there was a little gush of blood"; "she attacked him with an outpouring of words"
  3. [n]  the swift release of a store of affective force; "they got a great bang out of it"; "what a rush!"; "he does it for kicks"
  4. [n]  a poker hand with all 5 cards in the same suit
  5. [n]  the period of greatest prosperity or productivity
  6. [n]  a rosy color (especially in the cheeks) taken as a sign of good health
  7. [n]  sudden brief sensation of heat (associated with menopause and some mental disorders)
  8. [adv]  squarely or solidly; "hit him flush in the face"
  9. [adv]  in the same plane; "set it flush with the top of the table"
  10. [adj]  having an abundant supply of money or possessions of value; "an affluent banker"; "a speculator flush with cash"; "not merely rich but loaded"; "moneyed aristocrats"; "wealthy corporations"
  11. [v]  turn red, as if in embarrassment or shame; "The girl blushed when a young man whistled as she walked by"
  12. [v]  cause to flow or flood with or as if with water; "flush the meadows"
  13. [v]  flow freely; "The garbage flushed down the river"
  14. [v]  irrigate with water from a sluice; "sluice the earth"
  15. [v]  rinse, clean, or empty with a liquid; "flush the wound with antibiotics"; "purge the old gas tank"
  16. [v]  polish and make shiny; "buff the wooden floors"; "buff my shoes"

FLUSH is a 5 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: affluent, bang, bloom, bloom, blossom, blush, blush, blush, boot, buff, burnish, charge, crimson, efflorescence, flower, furbish, gush, heyday, hot flash, kick, loaded, moneyed, outpouring, peak, prime, purge, redden, rich, rosiness, rush, scour, sluice, thrill, wealthy
 See Also: color, colour, course, discolor, discolour, douse, dowse, drench, excitement, exhilaration, flow, flow, flowing, flush down, good health, healthiness, inborn reflex, innate reflex, instinctive reflex, perfuse, period, period of time, physiological reaction, poker hand, polish, reflex, rinse, rinse off, run, shine, smooth, smoothen, soak, sop, souse, springtide, suffuse, symptom, time period, unconditioned reflex, wash down



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Flush\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Flushed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Flushing}.] [Cf. OE. fluschen to fly up, penetrate, F. fluz
    a flowing, E. flux, dial. Sw. flossa to blaze, and E. flash;
    perh. influenced by blush. [root]84.]
    1. To flow and spread suddenly; to rush; as, blood flushes
       into the face.
             The flushing noise of many waters.    --Boyle.
             It flushes violently out of the cock. --Mortimer.
    2. To become suddenly suffused, as the cheeks; to turn red;
       to blush.
    3. To snow red; to shine suddenly; to glow.
             In her cheek, distemper flushing glowed. --Milton.
    4. To start up suddenly; to take wing as a bird.
             Flushing from one spray unto another. --W. Browne.
  2. \Flush\, v. t.
    1. To cause to be full; to flood; to overflow; to overwhelm
       with water; as, to flush the meadows; to flood for the
       purpose of cleaning; as, to flush a sewer.
    2. To cause the blood to rush into (the face); to put to the
       blush, or to cause to glow with excitement.
             Nor flush with shame the passing virgin's cheek.
             Sudden a thought came like a full-blown rose,
             Flushing his brow.                    --Keats.
    3. To make suddenly or temporarily red or rosy, as if
       suffused with blood.
             How faintly flushed. how phantom fair, Was Monte
             Rosa, hanging there!                  --Tennyson.
    4. To excite; to animate; to stir.
             Such things as can only feed his pride and flush his
             ambition.                             --South.
    5. To cause to start, as a hunter a bird. --Nares.
    {To flush a joints} (Masonry), to fill them in; to point the
       level; to make them flush.
  3. \Flush\, n.
    1. A sudden flowing; a rush which fills or overflows, as of
       water for cleansing purposes.
             In manner of a wave or flush.         --Ray.
    2. A suffusion of the face with blood, as from fear, shame,
       modesty, or intensity of feeling of any kind; a blush; a
             The flush of angered shame.           --Tennyson.
    3. Any tinge of red color like that produced on the cheeks by
       a sudden rush of blood; as, the flush on the side of a
       peach; the flush on the clouds at sunset.
    4. A sudden flood or rush of feeling; a thrill of excitement.
       animation, etc.; as, a flush of joy.
    5. A flock of birds suddenly started up or flushed.
    6. [From F. or Sp. flux. Cf. {Flux}.] A hand of cards of the
       same suit.
  4. \Flush\, a.
    1. Full of vigor; fresh; glowing; bright.
             With all his crimes broad blown, as flush as May.
    2. Affluent; abounding; well furnished or suppled; hence,
       liberal; prodigal.
             Lord Strut was not very flush in ready. --Arbuthnot.
    3. (Arch. & Mech.) Unbroken or even in surface; on a level
       with the adjacent surface; forming a continuous surface;
       as, a flush panel; a flush joint.
    4. (Card Playing) Consisting of cards of one suit.
    {Flush bolt}.
       (a) A screw bolt whose head is countersunk, so as to be
           flush with a surface.
       (b) A sliding bolt let into the face or edge of a door, so
           as to be flush therewith.
    {Flush deck}. (Naut.) See under {Deck}, n., 1.
    {Flush tank}, a water tank which can be emptied rapidly for
       flushing drainpipes, etc.
  5. \Flush\, adv.
    So as to be level or even.
  6. \Flush\, v. t.
    To cause by flow; to draw water from, or pour it over or
    through (a pond, meadow, sewer, etc.); to cleanse by means of
    a rush of water.
  7. \Flush\, v. i. (Mining)
    (a) To operate a placer mine, where the continuous supply of
        water is insufficient, by holding back the water, and
        releasing it periodically in a flood.
    (b) To fill underground spaces, especially in coal mines,
        with material carried by water, which, after drainage,
        constitutes a compact mass.
Computing Dictionary

1. To delete something, usually superfluous, or to abort an operation.

"Flush" was standard its terminology for aborting an output operation. One spoke of the text that would have been printed, but was not, as having been flushed. It is speculated that this term arose from a vivid image of flushing unwanted characters by hosing down the internal output buffer, washing the characters away before they could be printed.

2. To force temporarily buffered data to be written to more permanent memory. E.g. flushing buffered disk I/O to disk, as with c's standard i/o library "fflush(3)" call. This sense was in use among bliss programmers at dec and on honeywell and ibm machines as far back as 1965. Another example of this usage is flushing a cache on a context switch where modified data stored in the cace which belongs to one processes must be written out to main memory so that the cache can be used by another process.

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