the motion characteristic of fluids (liquids or gases)
flow, flow rate, rate of flow(noun)
the amount of fluid that flows in a given time
the act of flowing or streaming; continuous progression
any uninterrupted stream or discharge
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"
stream, flow, current(noun)
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"
menstruation, menses, menstruum, catamenia, period, flow(verb)
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
move or progress freely as if in a stream
"The crowd flowed out of the stadium"
run, flow, feed, course(verb)
move along, of liquids
"Water flowed into the cave"; "the Missouri feeds into the Mississippi"
cause to flow
"The artist flowed the washes on the paper"
be abundantly present
"The champagne flowed at the wedding"
hang, fall, flow(verb)
fall or flow in a certain way
"This dress hangs well"; "Her long black hair flowed down her back"
cover or swamp with water
"She started menstruating at the age of 11"
The movement of a fluid.
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.
the state of being at one with.
To move as a fluid from one position to another.
To move or match smoothly, gracefully, or continuously.
The writing is grammatically correct, but it just doesn't flow.
Origin: From flowan, from flōanan, from plōw-. Cognate from Proto-Indo-European (via Latin) with fluent, flux.
imp. sing. of Fly, v. i
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
to become liquid; to melt
to proceed; to issue forth; as, wealth flows from industry and economy
to glide along smoothly, without harshness or asperties; as, a flowing period; flowing numbers; to sound smoothly to the ear; to be uttered easily
to have or be in abundance; to abound; to full, so as to run or flow over; to be copious
to hang loose and waving; as, a flowing mantle; flowing locks
to rise, as the tide; -- opposed to ebb; as, the tide flows twice in twenty-four hours
to discharge blood in excess from the uterus
to cover with water or other liquid; to overflow; to inundate; to flood
to cover with varnish
a stream of water or other fluid; a current; as, a flow of water; a flow of blood
a continuous movement of something abundant; as, a flow of words
any gentle, gradual movement or procedure of thought, diction, music, or the like, resembling the quiet, steady movement of a river; a stream
the tidal setting in of the water from the ocean to the shore. See Ebb and flow, under Ebb
a low-lying piece of watery land; -- called also flow moss and flow bog
Origin: [AS. flwan; akin to D. vloeijen, OHG. flawen to wash, Icel. fla to deluge, Gr. plw`ein to float, sail, and prob. ultimately to E. float, fleet. 80. Cf. Flood.]
Flow is an indie video game created by Jenova Chen and Nicholas Clark. Originally released as a free Flash game in 2006 to accompany Chen's master's thesis, it was reworked into a 2007 PlayStation 3 game by his development studio, Thatgamecompany. SuperVillain Studios released a PlayStation Portable version of the game in 2008. In Flow, the player navigates a series of two-dimensional planes with an aquatic microorganism that evolves by consuming other microorganisms. The game's design is based on Chen's research into dynamic difficulty adjustment at the University of Southern California's Interactive Media Division, and on psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's theoretical concept of mental immersion or flow. The Flash version of Flow received 100,000 downloads within its first two weeks of release, and had been played over 3.5 million times by 2008. Its PlayStation 3 re-release was the most downloaded game on the PlayStation Network in 2007, and won the Best Downloadable Game award at the 2008 Game Developers Choice Awards. It was nominated for awards by the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Reviewers praised Flow's visual and audio appeal, but noted the simplicity of its gameplay; several considered it to be more of an art piece than a game.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
flō, v.i. to run, as water: to rise, as the tide: to move in a stream, as air: to glide smoothly: to circulate, as the blood: to abound: to hang loose and waving: (B.) to melt.—v.t. to cover with water.—n. a stream or current: the setting in of the tide: abundance: copiousness: free expression.—n. Flow′age, act of flowing: state of being flooded.—adj. Flow′ing, moving, as a fluid: fluent or smooth: falling in folds or in waves.—adv. Flow′ingly.—n. Flow′ingness. [A.S. flówan; Ger. fliessen.]
flow, n. a morass: (Scot.) a flat, moist tract of land. [Ice. floi, a marsh—flóa, to flood.]
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'flow' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2299
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'flow' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3213
Rank popularity for the word 'flow' in Nouns Frequency: #878
Rank popularity for the word 'flow' in Verbs Frequency: #614
The numerical value of flow in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of flow in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Love is the immortal flow of energy that nourishes, extends and preserves. Its eternal goal is life.
A process cannot be understood by stopping it. Understanding must move with the flow of the process, must join it and flow with it.
It's just a prudent thing to do if you have a borrower that ... you think should only draw down if they need the cash flow to do some capex or to create more cash flow.
We were willing to sacrifice cash flow for the sake of growth, but given the hefty writedowns, we now aim to retain tighter investment discipline and a positive cash flow.
In terms of the flow that we're hearing about ... it's not panic selling of euros, we're hearing it's corporate flow, some fund flow, some speculative flow. None of it in itself is particularly outsized but it's all going in the same direction.
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Translations for flow
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- vloei, stroom, loopAfrikaans
- лея се, прилив, течение, тека, потокBulgarian
- beradur, deverañ, berañ, lanvBreton
- flux, fluir, cabalCatalan, Valencian
- proudit, stroming, tok, proudění, příliv, téctCzech
- strøm, flod, strømme, flydeDanish
- Tätigkeitsrausch, Fluss, fließen, FlutGerman
- ροή, κυλώ, παροχή, ρέω, είμαι ένα με, πλημμυρίδαGreek
- caudal, fluir, flujoSpanish
- tõus, ladusus, vool, sujuvusEstonian
- lipua, virtaus, sujua, nousuvesi, virrata, virtaama, vuoksi, ykseys, soljuaFinnish
- flux, couler, écoulementFrench
- snigh, sreabhIrish
- lìonadh, sruth, ruith, silScottish Gaelic
- fluír, fluxoGalician
- մակընթացություն, հոսք, հոսել, հոսանքArmenian
- alir, salir, salur, alurIndonesian
- riflusso, scorrere, flusso, fluidità, fluire, rifluire, colataItalian
- ながれる, フローJapanese
- fluo, fluxus, influuntLatin
- bė́gti, tekė́tiLithuanian
- pari, heru, pākatoMāori
- سالير, الير, salir, alir, salur, alur, سالور, الورMalay
- debiet, stroom, ronding, vloeien, stromen, afronding, een zijn met, vloedDutch
- fløda, flomme, strøm, fløyma, strømme, flo, flomNorwegian
- nílį́Navajo, Navaho
- przepływać, przypływ, przepływ, płynąćPolish
- fluxo, [[fluxo]] [[da]] [[maré]], fluir, escoamento, caudal, fluidezPortuguese
- flux, curge, curgereRomanian
- струиться, прилив, течение, вовлечённость, плавность, течь, потокRussian
- tečenje, течење, ток, tokSerbo-Croatian
- tok, tiecť, príliv, prúdSlovak
- teči, tokSlovene
- strömma, ström, flöde, flytaSwedish
- akmak, met, akışTurkish
- lưu lượngVietnamese
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