- A movement in people or things with a particular way in large numbers or amounts
- The movement of a real or figurative fluid.
- (math) A formalization of the idea of the motion of particles in a fluid, as a group action of the real numbers on a set.
- The notion of flow is basic to the study of ordinary differential equations.
- The rising movement of the tide.
- Smoothness or continuity.
- The room was small, but it had good symmetry and flow.
- The amount of a fluid that moves or the rate of fluid movement.
- Turn on the valve and make sure you have sufficient flow.
- Other devices measure water flow in streams fed by melted ice.
- A flow pipe, carrying liquid away from a boiler or other central plant (compare with return pipe which returns fluid to central plant).
- (psychology) A mental state characterized by concentration, focus and enjoyment of a given task.
- The emission of blood during menstruation.
- Tampons can be small or large, slender or thick. From “slender” to “super”, you can pick the size that matches your flow.
- (rap music slang) The ability to skilfully rap along to a beat.
- The production on his new mixtape is mediocre but his flow is on point.
- (continuity) See also Thesaurus:continuity
- French: écoulement, flux
- German: Fluss
- Italian: flusso, colata, scorrimento
- Portuguese: fluxo, escoamento, caudal
- Russian: тече́ние
- Spanish: flujo
- French: flux
- German: Flut
- Italian: riflusso, flusso
- Portuguese: fluxo da maré
- Russian: прили́в
- Spanish: flujo
- German: Tätigkeitsrausch
- Russian: вовлечённость
flow (flows, present participle flowing; past and past participle flowed)
- (intransitive) To move as a fluid from one position to another.
- Rivers flow from springs and lakes.
- Tears flow from the eyes.
- (intransitive) To proceed; to issue forth.
- Wealth flows from industry and economy.
- 1667, John Milton, “Book 7”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
- Those thousand decencies that daily flow / From all her words and actions.
- (intransitive) To move or match smoothly, gracefully, or continuously.
- The writing is grammatically correct, but it just doesn't flow.
- Virgil is sweet and flowing in his hexameters.
- (intransitive) To have or be in abundance; to abound, so as to run or flow over.
- (intransitive) To hang loosely and wave.
- a flowing mantle; flowing locks
- the imperial purple flowing in his train
- (intransitive) To rise, as the tide; opposed to ebb.
- The tide flows twice in twenty-four hours.
- c. 1596–1599, William Shakespeare, “The Second Part of Henry the Fourth, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act IV, scene iii]:
- The river hath thrice flowed, no ebb between.
- (transitive, computing) To arrange (text in a wordprocessor, etc.) so that it wraps neatly into a designated space; to reflow.
- (transitive) To cover with water or other liquid; to overflow; to inundate; to flood.
- (transitive) To cover with varnish.
- (intransitive) To discharge excessive blood from the uterus.
- Italian: scorrere
- Italian: rifluire
flow (plural flows)