Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Consulting the Dictionary


verb (used without object)
1.to move along in a stream: The river flowed slowly to the sea.
2.to circulate: blood flowing through one's veins.
3.to stream or well forth: Warmth flows from the sun.
4.to issue or proceed from a source: Orders flowed from the office.
5.to menstruate.
6.to come or go as in a stream: A constant stream of humanity flowed by.
7.to proceed continuously and smoothly: Melody flowed from the violin.
8.to hang loosely at full length: Her hair flowed over her shoulders.
9.to abound in something: The tavern flowed with wine.
10.to rise and advance, as the tide (opposed to EBB).

verb (used with object)
11.to cause or permit to flow: to flow paint on a wall before brushing.
12.to cover with water or other liquid; flood.

13.an act of flowing.
14.movement in or as if in a stream.
15.the rate of flowing.
16.the volume of fluid that flows through a passage of any given section during a unit of time: Oil flow of the well was 500 barrels a day.
17.something that flows; stream.
18.an outpouring or discharge of something, as in a stream: a flow of blood.
19. Menstruation
20.an overflowing; flood.
21.the rise of the tide (opposed to EBB).
22.Machinery. progressive distortion of a metal object under continuous service at high temperature.
23.Physics. the transference of energy: heat flow

[Origin: bef. 900; (v.) ME flowen, OE flōwan; akin to MLG vlōien, ON flōa; (n.) late ME: surge of a wave, deriv. of the v.]

flow·a·ble, adjective
flow·a·bil·i·ty, noun

1. Flow, gush, spout, spurt refer to certain of the movements characteristic of fluids. Flow is the general term: Water flows. A stream of blood flows. To gush is to rush forth copiously from a cavity, in as large a volume as can issue therefrom, as the result of some strong impelling force: The water will gush out if the main breaks. Spout and spurt both imply the ejecting of a liquid from a cavity by some internal impetus given to it. Spout implies a rather steady, possibly well-defined, jet or stream, not necessarily of long duration but always of considerable force: A whale spouts. Spurt implies a forcible, possibly sudden, spasmodic, or intermittent issue or jet: The liquid spurted out suddenly when the bottle cap was pushed in. Spout applies only to liquids; the other terms apply also to gases. 7. run. 9. teem.

Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1)
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2006.

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