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  1. flow
  2. verb

    • 1. (of a fluid, gas, or electricity) move along or out steadily and continuously in a current or stream:

      from here the river flows north ventilation channels keep the air flowing a cross-current of electricity seemed to flow between them
    • 2. (of the sea or a tidal river) move toward the land; rise.

    • 3. go from one place to another in a steady stream, typically in large numbers:

      the firm is hoping the orders will keep flowing in
    • 4. proceed or be produced smoothly, continuously, and effortlessly:

      talk flowed freely around the table
      Synonym : result, proceed, arise, follow, ensue, derive, stem, accrue, originate, emanate, spring, emerge, be caused by, be brought about by, be produced by, originate in
    • 5. (of clothing or hair) hang loosely in an easy and graceful manner:

      her red hair flowed over her shoulders
    • 6. be available in copious quantities:

      their talk and laughter grew louder as the excellent brandy flowed
    • 7. result from; be caused by:

      there are certain advantages that may flow from that decision
    • 8. (of a solid) undergo a permanent change of shape under stress, without melting.


    • 1. the action or fact of moving along in a steady, continuous stream:

      the flow of water into the pond
    • 2. the rate or speed at which something flows:

      under the ford the river backs up, giving a deep sluggish flow
    • 3. the rise of a tide or a river.

    • 4. a steady, continuous stream of something:

      she eased the car into the flow of traffic
    • 5. the gradual permanent deformation of a solid under stress, without melting.

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: flow, plural noun: flows

    • v.: verb: flow, 3rd person present: flows, gerund or present participle: flowing, past tense: flowed, past participle: flowed

    • verb

      (of a liquid, gas, or electricity) move steadily and continuously in a current or stream:

      (of the sea or a tidal river) move towards the land; rise.

    • noun

      the action or fact of moving along in a steady, continuous stream:

      the rate or speed at which something flows:

    • noun

      a diagram of the sequence of movements or actions of people or things involved in a complex system or activity.

      a graphical representation of a computer program in relation to its sequence of functions (as distinct from the data it processes).

    • noun

      the quantity of investment opportunities available at a given time to a particular company or investor or within a particular region or market sector:
    • n. noun

      Current flow in one layer of a fluid brought about by current flow in an adjacent layer, as when surface ocean currents caused by wind themselves cause current flow deeper in the ocean.
    • a strait in the Orkney Islands, Scotland. It was the site of an important British naval base, especially during World War I. The German High Seas Fleet was interned there after its surrender and was scuttled in 1919 as an act of defiance against the terms of the Versailles peace settlement.
    • noun

      laminar or streamline flow of an incompressible viscous fluid, especially through a long, narrow cylinder.
    • noun

      a mass of flowing or solidified lava.
    • noun

      a dense, destructive mass of very hot ash, lava fragments, and gases ejected explosively from a volcano and typically flowing downslope at great speed.
    • adjective

      denoting a toilet, tap, shower head, or other plumbing appliance that is designed to use or dispense less water than a conventional model:
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