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Princeton's WordNet

  1. flower, prime, peak, heyday, bloom, blossom, efflorescence, flushnoun

    the period of greatest prosperity or productivity

  2. bloom, blush, flush, rosinessnoun

    a rosy color (especially in the cheeks) taken as a sign of good health

  3. hot flash, flushnoun

    sudden brief sensation of heat (associated with menopause and some mental disorders)

  4. flushnoun

    a poker hand with all 5 cards in the same suit

  5. bang, boot, charge, rush, flush, thrill, kicknoun

    the swift release of a store of affective force

    "they got a great bang out of it"; "what a boot!"; "he got a quick rush from injecting heroin"; "he does it for kicks"

  6. flush, gush, outpouringnoun

    a sudden rapid flow (as of water)

    "he heard the flush of a toilet"; "there was a little gush of blood"; "she attacked him with an outpouring of words"

  7. blush, flushadjective

    sudden reddening of the face (as from embarrassment or guilt or shame or modesty)

  8. flush(p)adjective

    of a surface exactly even with an adjoining one, forming the same plane

    "a door flush with the wall"; "the bottom of the window is flush with the floor"

  9. affluent, flush, loaded, moneyed, wealthyverb

    having an abundant supply of money or possessions of value

    "an affluent banker"; "a speculator flush with cash"; "not merely rich but loaded"; "moneyed aristocrats"; "wealthy corporations"

  10. blush, crimson, flush, reddenverb

    turn red, as if in embarrassment or shame

    "The girl blushed when a young man whistled as she walked by"

  11. flushverb

    flow freely

    "The garbage flushed down the river"

  12. flushverb

    glow or cause to glow with warm color or light

    "the sky flushed with rosy splendor"

  13. flush, level, even out, evenverb

    make level or straight

    "level the ground"

  14. flush, scour, purgeverb

    rinse, clean, or empty with a liquid

    "flush the wound with antibiotics"; "purge the old gas tank"

  15. sluice, flushverb

    irrigate with water from a sluice

    "sluice the earth"

  16. flushadverb

    cause to flow or flood with or as if with water

    "flush the meadows"

  17. flushadverb

    squarely or solidly

    "hit him flush in the face"

  18. flushadverb

    in the same plane

    "set it flush with the top of the table"


  1. Flushnoun

    A hand of cards, all of the same suit; -- especially significant in poker, where five cards of the same suit constitute a flush, which beats a straight but is beaten by a full house or four of a kind.


  1. flushnoun

    A cleansing with plenty of fluid.

  2. flushnoun

    Particularly, such a cleansing of a toilet.

  3. flush

    A hand consisting of all cards with the same suit.

  4. flushverb

    To cleanse by flooding with generous quantities of a fluid.

    Flush the injury with plenty of water.

  5. flushverb

    Particularly, to cleanse a toilet by introducing lots of water.

  6. flush

    To become suffused with reddish color due to embarrassment, excitement, overheating, or other systemic disturbance, to blush.

    The damsel flushed at the scoundrel's suggestion.

  7. flush

    To cause to blush.

  8. flush

    To excite, inflame.

  9. flush

    (Toilets only) To be cleansed by being flooded with generous quantities of water.

  10. flush

    (Computer Science) To clear a buffer of its contents.

  11. flushadjective

    smooth, even, aligned; not sticking out.

    Sand down the excess until it is flush with the surface.

  12. flushadjective

    wealthy or well off.

    He just got a bonus so he's flush today.

  13. flush

    Short for flush left and right; a body of text aligned with both its left and right margins.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Flushadjective

    He took my father grosly, full of bread,
    With all his crimes broad blown, and flush as May;
    And how his audit stands, who knows, save heav’n? William Shakespeare.

    I love to wear cloths that are flush,
    Not prefacing old rags with plush. John Cleveland.

    Lord Strut was not very flush in ready, either to go to law or clear old debts; neither could he find good bail. Arbuthnot.

  2. Flushnoun

    Afflux; sudden impulse; violent flow.

    Never had any man such a loss, cries a widower, in the flush of his extravagancies for a dead wife. Roger L'Estrange.

    The pulse of the arteries is not only caused by the pulsation of the heart, driving the blood through them in manner of a wave or flush, but by the coats of the arteries themselves. John Ray.

    Success may give him a present flush of joy; but when the short transport is over, the apprehension of losing succeeds to the care of acquiring. John Rogers, Sermons.

  3. To Flushverb

    The glowing dames of Zama’s royal court,
    Have faces flush’d with more exalted charms. Joseph Addison, Cato.

    Some court, or secret corner seek,
    Nor flush with shame the passing virgin’s cheek. John Gay, Triv.

    A prosperous people, flushed with great victories and successes, are rarely known to confine their joys within the bounds of moderation and innocence. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.

  4. To FLUSHverb

    Etymology: fluysen, Dutch, to flow; fius, or fiux, Fr.

    The pulse of the heart he attributes to an ebullition and sudden expansion of the blood in the ventricles, after the manner of the milk, which, being heated to such a degree, doth suddenly, and all at once, flush up and run over the vessel. John Ray.

    It flushes violently out of the cock for about a quart, and then stops. John Mortimer, Husbandry.

    If the place but affords
    Any store of lucky birds,
    As I make ’em to flush,
    Each owl out of his bush. Ben Jonson, Owls.

    Ere yet the salt of most unrighteous tears
    Had left the flushing in her gauled eyes,
    She married. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    Thus Eve with count’nance blithe her story told,
    But in her cheek distemper flushing glow’d. John Milton, Par. Lost.

    What can be more significant than the sudden flushing and confusion of a blush? Jeremy Collier, of the Aspect.

    What means that lovely fruit? What means, alas!
    That blood, which flushes guilty in your face? Dryden.

    At once, array’d
    In all the colours of the flushing year,
    The garden glows. James Thomson, Spring, l. 95.

    A flake of fire, that flushing in his beard,
    Him all amaz’d. Edmund Spenser.


  1. flush

    A flush can generally be defined in two ways. 1) In the context of physiology or health, a flush is a reddening of the skin typically over the cheeks or neck due to dilation of blood vessels underneath the surface. This is often associated with emotions such as embarrassment or excitement. 2) Alternatively, in games such as poker, a flush is a hand of cards all of the same suit. Moreover, other definitions may also apply based on different contexts, such as the action of cleaning something out with a sudden gush of liquid, fitting perfectly together or aligning evenly.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Flushverb

    to flow and spread suddenly; to rush; as, blood flushes into the face

  2. Flushverb

    to become suddenly suffused, as the cheeks; to turn red; to blush

  3. Flushverb

    to snow red; to shine suddenly; to glow

  4. Flushverb

    to start up suddenly; to take wing as a bird

  5. Flushverb

    to cause to be full; to flood; to overflow; to overwhelm with water; as, to flush the meadows; to flood for the purpose of cleaning; as, to flush a sewer

  6. Flushverb

    to cause the blood to rush into (the face); to put to the blush, or to cause to glow with excitement

  7. Flushverb

    to make suddenly or temporarily red or rosy, as if suffused with blood

  8. Flushverb

    to excite; to animate; to stir

  9. Flushverb

    to cause to start, as a hunter a bird

  10. Flushnoun

    a sudden flowing; a rush which fills or overflows, as of water for cleansing purposes

  11. Flushnoun

    a suffusion of the face with blood, as from fear, shame, modesty, or intensity of feeling of any kind; a blush; a glow

  12. Flushnoun

    any tinge of red color like that produced on the cheeks by a sudden rush of blood; as, the flush on the side of a peach; the flush on the clouds at sunset

  13. Flushnoun

    a sudden flood or rush of feeling; a thrill of excitement. animation, etc.; as, a flush of joy

  14. Flushnoun

    a flock of birds suddenly started up or flushed

  15. Flushnoun

    a hand of cards of the same suit

  16. Flushadjective

    full of vigor; fresh; glowing; bright

  17. Flushadjective

    affluent; abounding; well furnished or suppled; hence, liberal; prodigal

  18. Flushadjective

    unbroken or even in surface; on a level with the adjacent surface; forming a continuous surface; as, a flush panel; a flush joint

  19. Flushadjective

    consisting of cards of one suit

  20. Flushadverb

    so as to be level or even

  21. Etymology: [From F. or Sp. flux. Cf. Flux.]


  1. Flush

    Flush is a young adult novel by Carl Hiaasen first published in 2005, and set in Hiaasen's native Florida. It is his second young adult novel, after Hoot. The plot is similar to Hoot but it doesn't have the same cast and is not a continuation.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Flush

    flush, n. a flow of blood to the face causing redness: sudden impulse: bloom, freshness, vigour: abundance.—v.i. to become red in the face: to flow swiftly.—v.t. to make red in the face: to cleanse by a copious flow of water: to elate, excite the spirits of: mostly in the pa.p. flushed (with victory).—adj. (of weather) hot and heavy: abounding: well supplied, as with money: (Shak.) in full bloom.—n. Flush′-box, a rectangular tank supplied with water for flushing the bowls of water-closets.—adj. Flushed, suffused with ruddy colour: excited.—ns. Flush′er, one who flushes sewers; Flush′ing, action of the verb flush: sudden reddening; Flush′ness, quality of being flush.—adj. Flush′y, reddish. [Prob. orig. identical with succeeding word, but meaning influenced by phonetic association with flash, the senses relating to colour by blush.]

  2. Flush

    flush, v.i. to start up like an alarmed bird.—v.t. to rouse and cause to start off.—n. the act of starting: (Spens.) a bird, or a flock of birds so started. [Prob. onomatopœic; suggested by fly, flutter, and rush.]

  3. Flush

    flush, v.t. to make even: to fill up to the level of a surface (often with up).—adj. having the surface level with the adjacent surface. [Prob. related to flush above.]

  4. Flush

    flush, n. in card-playing, a hand in which all the cards or a specified number are of the same suit.—adj. in poker, consisting of cards all of the same suit.—Straight, or Royal, flush, in poker, a sequence of five cards of the same suit. [Prob. Fr. flux—L. fluxus, flow.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. flush

    1. [common] To delete something, usually superfluous, or to abort an operation. “All that nonsense has been flushed.” 2. [Unix/C] To force buffered I/O to disk, as with an fflush(3) call. This is not an abort or deletion as in sense 1, but a demand for early completion! 3. To leave at the end of a day's work (as opposed to leaving for a meal). “I'm going to flush now.” “Time to flush.” 4. To exclude someone from an activity, or to ignore a person.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. FLUSH

    From Grk. _phlox_, heat. A rush of color to the cheek, or hand, caused by bodily--or poker--heat.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. flush

    An old word for even or level. Anything of fair surface, or in continuous even lines. Colloquially the word means full of, or abounding in pay or prize-money.

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'flush' in Verbs Frequency: #1060

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of flush in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of flush in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of flush in a Sentence

  1. Blow:

    Fred Sometimes you're flush and sometimes you're bust, and when you're up, it's never as good as it seems, and when you're down, you never think you'll be up again. But life goes on.

  2. Vincent Chu:

    Asia right now is flush with liquidity and European companies are a bargain. It's a no brainer for Asian investors, particularly Chinese ones, to diversify into Europe.

  3. Trilby Lundberg:

    In the absence of any significant rise in crude oil prices, which have been quite stable over more than two months, the flush supply and high refining capacity utilization in the U.S. has offset the impact of our robustly growing gasoline demand.

  4. Art DeGaetano:

    We can't point to anything specific, it's just the way the jet stream bulged and set up. It's random, like a deal of cards. Sometimes you're dealt a royal flush, sometimes you get nothing.

  5. Laila Tabatabai:

    Drinking extra water can actually help flush out some of the extra sugar you’ve eaten.

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  • شطفArabic
  • промиване, изравнен, флош, изчервявам се, равен, подплашвам, богат, промивамBulgarian
  • flešCzech
  • Spülung, bündig, Flush, SpülenGerman
  • plano, flor, alineadoSpanish
  • vetää, lehahtaa, väri, huuhtelu, rahoissaan, rynnätä, vessa, punastua, ajaa, huuhdellaFinnish
  • aligné, tirer la chasse d'eau, couleur, en fonds, flush, rougir, riche, chasse d'eau, laver à grande eau, de niveauFrench
  • flös, flush, színHungarian
  • ֆլեշArmenian
  • liturIcelandic
  • levarsi in volo, volare via, stanare, arrossire, scovare, prendere il voloItalian
  • 流すJapanese
  • opeope, whare kotahi, horoiMāori
  • rijk, vermogend, doortrekken, gefortuneerd, blozen, opvliegen, spoelen, doorspoelenDutch
  • nettopp, rikNorwegian
  • kolorPolish
  • puxar descarga, flush, descargaPortuguese
  • смыть, промыть, смывать, промыватьRussian
  • rik, jämn, färg, spola, rodna, välmående, burgenSwedish
  • paralı, çıkıntısız, aynı düzeyde, varlıklı, hem yüz, bir hizâdaTurkish
  • tuôn raVietnamese

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