What does flow mean?

Definitions for flow
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. flow, flowing(noun)

    the motion characteristic of fluids (liquids or gases)

  2. flow, flow rate, rate of flow(noun)

    the amount of fluid that flows in a given time

  3. flow, stream(noun)

    the act of flowing or streaming; continuous progression

  4. flow(noun)

    any uninterrupted stream or discharge

  5. stream, flow(noun)

    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"

  6. 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"

  7. 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

  8. flow, flux(verb)

    move or progress freely as if in a stream

    "The crowd flowed out of the stadium"

  9. run, flow, feed, course(verb)

    move along, of liquids

    "Water flowed into the cave"; "the Missouri feeds into the Mississippi"

  10. flow(verb)

    cause to flow

    "The artist flowed the washes on the paper"

  11. flow(verb)

    be abundantly present

    "The champagne flowed at the wedding"

  12. hang, fall, flow(verb)

    fall or flow in a certain way

    "This dress hangs well"; "Her long black hair flowed down her back"

  13. flow(verb)

    cover or swamp with water

  14. menstruate, flow(verb)

    undergo menstruation

    "She started menstruating at the age of 11"

Wiktionary

  1. flow(Noun)

    The movement of a fluid.

    Etymology: From flowan, from flōanan, from plōw-. Cognate from Proto-Indo-European (via Latin) with fluent, flux.

  2. flow(Noun)

    The rising movement of the tide.

    Etymology: From flowan, from flōanan, from plōw-. Cognate from Proto-Indo-European (via Latin) with fluent, flux.

  3. flow(Noun)

    Smoothness or continuity.

    The room was small, but it had good symmetry and flow.

    Etymology: From flowan, from flōanan, from plōw-. Cognate from Proto-Indo-European (via Latin) with fluent, flux.

  4. flow(Noun)

    The amount of a fluid that moves or the rate of fluid movement.

    Turn on the valve and make sure you have sufficient flow.

    Etymology: From flowan, from flōanan, from plōw-. Cognate from Proto-Indo-European (via Latin) with fluent, flux.

  5. flow(Noun)

    the state of being at one with.

    Etymology: From flowan, from flōanan, from plōw-. Cognate from Proto-Indo-European (via Latin) with fluent, flux.

  6. flow(Verb)

    To move as a fluid from one position to another.

    Etymology: From flowan, from flōanan, from plōw-. Cognate from Proto-Indo-European (via Latin) with fluent, flux.

  7. flow(Verb)

    To move or match smoothly, gracefully, or continuously.

    The writing is grammatically correct, but it just doesn't flow.

    Etymology: From flowan, from flōanan, from plōw-. Cognate from Proto-Indo-European (via Latin) with fluent, flux.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Flow

    imp. sing. of Fly, v. i

    Etymology: [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.]

  2. Flow(verb)

    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

    Etymology: [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.]

  3. Flow(verb)

    to become liquid; to melt

    Etymology: [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.]

  4. Flow(verb)

    to proceed; to issue forth; as, wealth flows from industry and economy

    Etymology: [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.]

  5. Flow(verb)

    to glide along smoothly, without harshness or asperties; as, a flowing period; flowing numbers; to sound smoothly to the ear; to be uttered easily

    Etymology: [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.]

  6. Flow(verb)

    to have or be in abundance; to abound; to full, so as to run or flow over; to be copious

    Etymology: [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.]

  7. Flow(verb)

    to hang loose and waving; as, a flowing mantle; flowing locks

    Etymology: [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.]

  8. Flow(verb)

    to rise, as the tide; -- opposed to ebb; as, the tide flows twice in twenty-four hours

    Etymology: [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.]

  9. Flow(verb)

    to discharge blood in excess from the uterus

    Etymology: [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.]

  10. Flow(verb)

    to cover with water or other liquid; to overflow; to inundate; to flood

    Etymology: [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.]

  11. Flow(verb)

    to cover with varnish

    Etymology: [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.]

  12. Flow(noun)

    a stream of water or other fluid; a current; as, a flow of water; a flow of blood

    Etymology: [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.]

  13. Flow(noun)

    a continuous movement of something abundant; as, a flow of words

    Etymology: [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.]

  14. Flow(noun)

    any gentle, gradual movement or procedure of thought, diction, music, or the like, resembling the quiet, steady movement of a river; a stream

    Etymology: [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.]

  15. Flow(noun)

    the tidal setting in of the water from the ocean to the shore. See Ebb and flow, under Ebb

    Etymology: [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.]

  16. Flow(noun)

    a low-lying piece of watery land; -- called also flow moss and flow bog

    Etymology: [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.]

Freebase

  1. Flow

    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

  1. Flow

    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.]

  2. Flow

    flow, n. a morass: (Scot.) a flat, moist tract of land. [Ice. floi, a marsh—flóa, to flood.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. flow

    In tidology, the rising of the tide; the opposite of ebb. Also, the course or direction of running waters.

Editors Contribution

  1. flow

    To move.

    The water did flow out of the tap.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 17, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'flow' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2299

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'flow' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3213

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'flow' in Nouns Frequency: #878

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'flow' in Verbs Frequency: #614

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of flow in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of flow in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of flow in a Sentence

  1. The Vice President:

    No, The Vice President office's not. The Vice President office's the reason why we demanded that Congress provide $ 4.6 billion in additional support to Customs and Border Protection, the McAllen station, where our cells are overflowing... ought to be a very clear message to every American that the time for action is now and the time for Congress to act to end the flow of families that are coming north from Central America to our border is now.

  2. Becky Solloa:

    I was downtown to check out the flow of the Cubans who were coming through, and it was not as chaotic as I thought it was going to be.

  3. Juha Kinnunen:

    The result was strong and profitability was excellent, valuation of the stock is very high, but it doesn't seem to bother the market, which now appreciates stability, visibility and cash flow.

  4. Jessica Matthew:

    Some studies some have found these garments can improve blood flow, help fatigue and muscle soreness.

  5. Helen Lau:

    Even though at the current (aluminum) price you may say smelters are not making money, as long as they break even they will continue to produce, those newly commissioned smelters have to start operating to pay back their loans. They have to generate enough cash flow to do that.

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