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flow    : [fl'o]
Flow \Flow\ (fl[=o]), obs.
imp. sing. of {Fly}, v. i. --Chaucer.
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Flow \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.
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2. To become liquid; to melt.
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The mountains flowed down at thy presence. --Is.
lxiv. 3.
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3. To proceed; to issue forth; as, wealth flows from industry
and economy.
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Those thousand decencies that daily flow
From all her words and actions. --Milton.
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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.
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Virgil is sweet and flowingin his hexameters.
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5. To have or be in abundance; to abound; to full, so as to
run or flow over; to be copious.
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In that day . . . the hills shall flow with milk.
--Joel iii.
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The exhilaration of a night that needed not the
influence of the flowing bowl. --Prof.
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6. To hang loose and waving; as, a flowing mantle; flowing
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The imperial purple flowing in his train. --A.
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7. To rise, as the tide; -- opposed to ebb; as, the tide
flows twice in twenty-four hours.
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The river hath thrice flowed, no ebb between.
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8. To discharge blood in excess from the uterus.
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Flow \Flow\, v. t.
1. To cover with water or other liquid; to overflow; to
inundate; to flood.
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2. To cover with varnish.
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Flow \Flow\, n.
1. A stream of water or other fluid; a current; as, a flow of
water; a flow of blood.
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2. A continuous movement of something abundant; as, a flow of
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3. Any gentle, gradual movement or procedure of thought,
diction, music, or the like, resembling the quiet, steady
movement of a river; a stream.
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The feast of reason and the flow of soul. --Pope.
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4. The tidal setting in of the water from the ocean to the
shore. See {Ebb and flow}, under {Ebb}.
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5. A low-lying piece of watery land; -- called also {flow
moss} and {flow bog}. [Scot.] --Jamieson.
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n 1: the motion characteristic of fluids (liquids or gases)
[synonym: {flow}, {flowing}]
2: the amount of fluid that flows in a given time [synonym: {flow},
{flow rate}, {rate of flow}]
3: the act of flowing or streaming; continuous progression [synonym:
{flow}, {stream}]
4: any uninterrupted stream or discharge
5: 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"
[synonym: {stream}, {flow}]
6: 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" [synonym: {stream}, {flow},
7: 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 [synonym: {menstruation}, {menses}, {menstruum},
{catamenia}, {period}, {flow}]
v 1: move or progress freely as if in a stream; "The crowd
flowed out of the stadium" [synonym: {flow}, {flux}]
2: move along, of liquids; "Water flowed into the cave"; "the
Missouri feeds into the Mississippi" [synonym: {run}, {flow},
{feed}, {course}]
3: cause to flow; "The artist flowed the washes on the paper"
4: be abundantly present; "The champagne flowed at the wedding"
5: fall or flow in a certain way; "This dress hangs well"; "Her
long black hair flowed down her back" [synonym: {hang}, {fall},
6: cover or swamp with water
7: undergo menstruation; "She started menstruating at the age of
11" [synonym: {menstruate}, {flow}]

487 Moby Thesaurus words for "flow":
Atticism, Brownian movement, abound, abundance, accrue from,
advance, affluence, afflux, affluxion, air flow, ample sufficiency,
ampleness, amplitude, angular motion, appropriateness, arise,
arise from, ascend, ascending, ascent, avalanche, axial motion,
back, back up, backflowing, backing, backward motion, bag,
be contingent on, be due to, be effortless, be painless, begin,
blow out, bonanza, bountifulness, bountiousness, brim,
bristle with, bubble, bud from, budge, bumper crop, burble, career,
cascade, change, change place, chasteness, chastity, chylifaction,
chylification, circle, circulate, clarity, classicalism,
classicism, clearness, climb, climbing, coast, coasting, come,
come from, come out of, comeliness, commute, concourse, confluence,
conflux, continuance, continuation, continue, continuity,
copiousness, correctness, course, cover, cover ground, crawl,
crawl with, creep with, crosscurrent, current, daggle, dangle,
defluxion, deluge, depend, depend on, derive from, descend,
descend from, descending, descent, dignity, direct tide,
directness, discharge, discrimination, disembogue, distinction,
downflow, downpour, downward motion, drabble, drag, draggle, drain,
drain out, drape, drift, driftage, droop, ease, ebb, ebb and flow,
ebb tide, ebbing, effusion, egestion, ejaculation, ejection,
elapse, elegance, elegancy, elimination, emanate, emanate from,
emerge from, emission, emit, empty, endure, ensue from, excess,
excretion, exhaust, expire, extravagance, extravasation, extrusion,
exuberance, exuberate, exudation, facility, fall, fare, fare forth,
felicitousness, felicity, fertility, fetch, find vent, finish,
fittingness, flap, flight, flit, flood, flood tide, flop,
flow back, flow from, flow in, flow on, flow out, flowing,
flowing periods, fluency, fluidity, fluidness, flush, flux,
flux and reflux, fluxility, fluxion, fly, foison, follow from,
forward motion, full measure, full tide, fullness, gang,
generosity, generousness, germinate from, get over,
give no trouble, give off, glide, gliding, glissade, go, go along,
go around, go by, go easily, go like clockwork, go on, go round,
go sideways, good taste, grace, gracefulness, gracility,
great abundance, great plenty, grow from, grow out of, gurgle,
gush, gush out, gyrate, hang, hang down, hang on, head, hie,
high tide, high water, hinge on, ice-skate, inflood, inflow,
inpour, inrush, issue, issue from, jet, juiciness, lactation,
lactescence, landslide, lapse, last, lavishness, liberality,
liberalness, limpidity, liquefaction, liquidness, lop, lots,
low tide, low water, lucidity, lunar tide, luxuriance, make,
maximum, milkiness, mill run, millrace, moisture, more than enough,
mount, mounting, move, move along, move on, move over, movement,
much, myriad, myriads, naturalness, neap, neap tide, neatness, nod,
numerousness, oblique motion, ongoing, onrush, onward course,
opposite tide, opulence, opulency, originate, originate in,
outflow, outpour, outpouring, overflow, overflowing, overspread,
pass, pass by, passage, pellucidity, pend, perspicuity, plainness,
plenitude, plenteousness, plentifulness, plenty, plethora, plunge,
plunging, poetry, polish, pour, pour in, pour out,
present no difficulties, press on, prevalence, proceed,
proceed from, prodigality, productiveness, profuseness, profusion,
progress, progression, proliferate, propriety, pullulate, purity,
purl, quantities, race, radial motion, rain, random motion,
refinement, reflowing, refluence, reflux, regress, regression,
regurgitate, repleteness, repletion, restraint, retrogress,
retrogression, rheuminess, rich harvest, rich vein, richness, riot,
riotousness, rip, ripple, riptide, rise, rising, roll, roll on,
roller-skate, rotate, run, run its course, run on, run out,
run over, run smoothly, rush, sag, sail, sailing, sappiness,
sashay, scads, secretion, seemliness, sequence, series, serosity,
set, shift, shower, sideslip, sideward motion, simplicity, sink,
sinking, skate, skateboard, skating, ski, skid, skiing, skim, sled,
sledding, sleigh, slide, sliding, slip, slipping, slither,
slithering, sluice, sluice out, smoothness, soar, soaring,
solar tide, spate, spew, spew out, spill, spin, spout, spout out,
spread, spring, spring from, spring tide, sprout from, spurt,
squirt, stem, stem from, sternway, stir, straightforwardness,
stream, subside, subsiding, substantiality, substantialness,
succession, succulence, superabundance, supply, suppuration, surge,
surge back, swag, swarm, swarm with, sweep, sweeping, swing, swirl,
taste, tastefulness, teem, teem with, teemingness, terseness,
thalassometer, tidal amplitude, tidal current, tidal current chart,
tidal flow, tidal range, tide, tide chart, tide gate, tide gauge,
tide race, tide rip, tidewater, tideway, tobogganing, trail,
traject, trajet, transudation, travel, trend, trickle, turbulence,
turn on, unaffectedness, undercurrent, undertow, upward motion,
vomit forth, wane, water flow, wateriness, wayfare, wealth, weep,
well, well out, wend, whirl, work well

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