What does flow mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. flow, flowingnoun

    the motion characteristic of fluids (liquids or gases)

  2. flow, flow rate, rate of flownoun

    the amount of fluid that flows in a given time

  3. flow, streamnoun

    the act of flowing or streaming; continuous progression

  4. flownoun

    any uninterrupted stream or discharge

  5. stream, flownoun

    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, currentnoun

    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, flowverb

    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, fluxverb

    move or progress freely as if in a stream

    "The crowd flowed out of the stadium"

  9. run, flow, feed, courseverb

    move along, of liquids

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

  10. flowverb

    cause to flow

    "The artist flowed the washes on the paper"

  11. flowverb

    be abundantly present

    "The champagne flowed at the wedding"

  12. hang, fall, flowverb

    fall or flow in a certain way

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

  13. flowverb

    cover or swamp with water

  14. menstruate, flowverb

    undergo menstruation

    "She started menstruating at the age of 11"


  1. flownoun

    The movement of a fluid.

  2. flownoun

    The rising movement of the tide.

  3. flownoun

    Smoothness or continuity.

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

  4. flownoun

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

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

  5. flownoun

    the state of being at one with.

  6. flowverb

    To move as a fluid from one position to another.

  7. flowverb

    To move or match smoothly, gracefully, or continuously.

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Flownoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Some, from the diurnal and annual motion of the earth, endeavour to solve the flows and motions of these seas, illustrating the same by water in a bowl, that rises or falls according to the motion of the vessel. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.

    The ebb of tides, and their mysterious flow,
    We as arts elements shall understand. John Dryden, Ann. Mirab.

    The noble power of suffering bravely is as far above that of enterprising greatly, as an unblemished conscience and inflexible resolution are above an accidental flow of spirits, or a sudden tide of blood. Alexander Pope.

    Teaching is not a flow of words, nor the draining of an hour-glass; but an effectual procuring that a man know something which he knew not before, or to know it better. South.

  2. To Flowverb

    To overflow; to deluge.

    In a hot dry Summer watering would be a very great advantage to hops; but it is scarce practicable, unless you have a stream at hand to flow the ground. John Mortimer, Husbandry.

  3. To FLOWverb

    Etymology: flowan, Saxon.

    The god am I, whose yellow water flows
    Around these fields, and fattens as it goes. John Dryden, Æn.

    Fields of light and liquid ether flow,
    Purg’d from the pond’rous dregs of earth below. Dryden.

    Endless tears flow down in streams. Jonathan Swift.

    With osier floats the standing water strow;
    Of massy stones make bridges, if it flow. Dryden.

    This river hath thrice flow’d, no ebb between. William Shakespeare.

    Oh that thou wouldst rent the heavens, that the mountains might flow down at thy presence. Is. lxiv. 1.

    I’ll use that tongue I have: if wit flow from ’t,
    I shall do good. William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.

    The knowledge drawn from experience is quite of another kind from that which flows from speculation or discourse. South.

    This discourse of Cyprian, and the flowers of rhetorick in it, shew him to have been of a great wit and flowing eloquence. George Hakewill, on Providence.

    Virgil is sweet and flowing in his hexameters. Dryden.

    Did sweeter sounds adorn my flowing tongue
    Than ever man pronounc’d, or angel sung. Matthew Prior.

    The dry streets flow’d with men. George Chapman.

    Then shall our names,
    Be in their flowing cups freshly remember’d. William Shakespeare, Hen. V.

    There ev’ry eye with slumb’rous chains she bound,
    And dash’d the flowing goblet to the ground. Alexander Pope, Odyssey.

    He was cloathed in a flowing mantle of green silk, interwoven with flowers. Spectator, №. 425.


  1. Flow

    Flow is a song by Australian recording artist Casey Donovan. The song was released in July 2005 as the third and final single from her debut studio album For You (2004). The song peaked at number 51 on the ARIA Charts.


  1. flow

    Flow is a state or movement characterized by a smooth, streamlined and continuous progression or advancement where all elements or events are seamlessly linked or connected. The term can be applied in various contexts, such as in physics to describe the movement of fluids, in psychology to describe a state of complete immersion and focus in an activity, or in business to describe the movement of tasks, information, or materials.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Flow

    imp. sing. of Fly, v. i

  2. Flowverb

    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

  3. Flowverb

    to become liquid; to melt

  4. Flowverb

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

  5. Flowverb

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

  6. Flowverb

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

  7. Flowverb

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

  8. Flowverb

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

  9. Flowverb

    to discharge blood in excess from the uterus

  10. Flowverb

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

  11. Flowverb

    to cover with varnish

  12. Flownoun

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

  13. Flownoun

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

  14. Flownoun

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

  15. Flownoun

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

  16. Flownoun

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

  17. 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.]


  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.

Rap Dictionary

  1. flownoun

    Money, as in "cash flow."

  2. flownoun

    To rhyme continuously in the same rhyme scheme without stopping.i could get it alike in any way i like

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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  1. flow

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  2. FLOW

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. FLOW

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Flow is ranked #47356 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Flow surname appeared 448 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Flow.

    74.5% or 334 total occurrences were White.
    17.8% or 80 total occurrences were Black.
    5.3% or 24 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.3% or 6 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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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  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. Jehan Chu:

    Right now, it still seems like a bit of a leisurely pursuit, to acquire bitcoin. But I think by the end of the year, with the current rate of institutional flow inbound, it will become clear that this is a once-in-a-lifetime landgrab.

  2. Norman Vincent Peale:

    When you pray for anyone you tend to modify your personal attitude toward him. You lift the relationship thereby to a higher level. The best in the other person begins to flow out toward you as your best flows toward him. In the meeting of the best in each a higher unity of understanding is established.

  3. Katheryn Hudson:

    Like many others around the globe, the two had to put their wedding plans on hold as the coronavirus pandemic grew. For us, its about partnership and its about, right now, taking it one week at a time, wehad a whole thing plannedand that got canceled, so were just looking forward to a healthy arrival at this point in time. Its funny. Its like : Dont make too many plans this year because its a real go-with-the-flow time.

  4. Scott Erdman:

    It made me look at myself from a whole different perspective, and I think it changed [me] totally … having gone through it, I recognize that I’m a different person today than I would have been having not gone through it, i don’t know what God has for me, so I’m just trusting I’ll go with the flow and, somewhere down the line, he’ll use me as he wants to use me.

  5. David Tepper:

    For 15, 17 years you had a river flowing one way, just flowing, you could just say a money flow, reserves got up to $10-11 trillion around the world, sometime this year, you had the reserves flowing the other way what happens when you have two bodies of water flowing different ways? What do you get? You get turbulence, you get waves.

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