flow

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v flow undergo menstruation "She started menstruating at the age of 11"
    • v flow cover or swamp with water
    • v flow fall or flow in a certain way "This dress hangs well","Her long black hair flowed down her back"
    • v flow move or progress freely as if in a stream "The crowd flowed out of the stadium"
    • v flow move along, of liquids "Water flowed into the cave","the Missouri feeds into the Mississippi"
    • v flow cause to flow "The artist flowed the washes on the paper"
    • v flow be abundantly present "The champagne flowed at the wedding"
    • n flow the act of flowing or streaming; continuous progression
    • n flow the motion characteristic of fluids (liquids or gases)
    • n flow 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"
    • n flow any uninterrupted stream or discharge
    • n flow 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"
    • n flow 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"
    • n flow the amount of fluid that flows in a given time
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Tonle Sap River in Cambodia flows north for almost half the year and then south for the rest of the year
    • Flow flō imp. sing. of Fly v. i.
    • Flow A continuous movement of something abundant; as, a flow of words.
    • Flow A low-lying piece of watery land; -- called also flow moss and flow bog.
    • Flow A stream of water or other fluid; a current; as, a flow of water; a flow of blood.
    • Flow Any gentle, gradual movement or procedure of thought, diction, music, or the like, resembling the quiet, steady movement of a river; a stream. "The feast of reason and the flow of soul."
    • Flow The tidal setting in of the water from the ocean to the shore. See Ebb and flow, under Ebb.
    • Flow To become liquid; to melt. "The mountains flowed down at thy presence."
    • Flow To cover with varnish.
    • Flow To cover with water or other liquid; to overflow; to inundate; to flood.
    • Flow To discharge blood in excess from the uterus.
    • Flow To glide along smoothly, without harshness or asperties; as, a flowing period; flowing numbers; to sound smoothly to the ear; to be uttered easily. "Virgil is sweet and flowing in his hexameters."
    • Flow To hang loose and waving; as, a flowing mantle; flowing locks. "The imperial purple flowing in his train."
    • Flow To have or be in abundance; to abound; to full, so as to run or flow over; to be copious. "In that day . . . the hills shall flow with milk.""The exhilaration of a night that needed not the influence of the flowing bowl."
    • Flow 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.
    • Flow To proceed; to issue forth; as, wealth flows from industry and economy. "Those thousand decencies that daily flow From all her words and actions."
    • Flow To rise, as the tide; -- opposed to ebb; as, the tide flows twice in twenty-four hours. "The river hath thrice flowed , no ebb between."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: An earthquake on Dec. 16, 1811 caused parts of the Mississippi River to flow backwards
    • flow To move along, as water or other fluid, in a continuous succession or stream, by the force either of gravity or of impulse upon individual particles or parts; move in a current; stream; run: as, the river flows northward; venous blood flows from the extremities to the heart; the crowd flowed in a steady stream toward the point of attraction.
    • flow Hence To proceed; issue; well forth: as, wealth flows from industry and economy.
    • flow To abound; have or be in abundance; be full: as, flowing cups or goblets.
    • flow To glide smoothly, without harshness or dissonance: as, a flowing period; flowing numbers.
    • flow To hang loose and waving: as, flowing skirts; flowing locks.
    • flow To rise, as the tide: opposed to ebb: as, the tide ebbs and flows twice in twenty-four hours.
    • flow To discharge blood, as in the catamenia or after childbirth.
    • flow In ceramics, to work or blend freely: said of a glaze.
    • flow To cover with water; overflow; inundate: as, the low grounds along the river aro annually flowed.
    • flow To carry down in a current: said of water in a river.
    • flow To cover with any liquid, as varnish or glaze, by causing it to flow over the surface.
    • flow In founding, to permit (the molten metal) to flow through the mold long enough to carry off all air and foreign matter, in order to insure a casting free from bubbles and similar defects; run through.
    • n flow The act or state of flowing; a continuous passing or transmission, as of water or other fluid; movement in or as if in a current or stream: as, a flow of blood, oil, lava, or magnetism; the volume of flow in a river.
    • n flow That which flows, or results from flowing; a mass of matter moving or that has moved in a stream: as, to walk over a lava-flow.
    • n flow The rise of the tide: as, the daily ebb and flow.
    • n flow Any strong progressive movement, as of thought, language, trade, etc., comparable to the flow of a river; stream; current: as, a flow of eloquence; the flow of commodities toward a commercial center.
    • n flow Figuratively, abundant influx or efflux; copiousness in emission, communication, or reception.
    • n flow In mech., the volume of fluid which flows through a passage of any given section in a unit of time.
    • n flow In ceramics, the flux used to cause color to run and blend in firing.
    • n flow That part of an inclosed space, as a reservoir, along and from which a contained liquid is flowing.
    • n flow A marshy moor; a morass; a low-lying piece of watery land.
    • n flow A form of the obsolete preterit and past participle (flowen) of fly.
    • flow Cold; windy; boisterous; bleak: as, flow weather.
    • flow In the differential calculus, to enlarge (or diminish) continuously, that is, by infinitesimal increments (+ or —).
    • n flow A quicksand.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The sound you here when you put a seashell next to your ear is not the ocean, but blood flowing through your head.
    • v.i Flow flō 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:
    • v.t Flow to cover with water
    • n Flow a stream or current: the setting in of the tide: abundance: copiousness: free expression
    • n Flow flow a morass:
    • v.i Flow flō (B.) to melt
    • n Flow flow (Scot.) a flat, moist tract of land.
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Quotations

  • Wayne Dyer
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    “Everything is in motion. Everything flows. Everything is vibrating.”
  • Ella Wheeler Wilcox
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    “'Tis easy enough to be pleasant, When life flows along like a song; But the man worth while is the one who will smile when everything goes dead wrong.”
  • Source Unknown
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    “Good deeds from good intentions flow; but good intentions only; build for us a place below.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “The quality of the imagination is to flow and not to freeze.”
  • Robert Alan
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    “The flower of kindness will grow. Maybe not now, but it will some day. And in kind that kindness will flow, For kindness grows in this way.”
  • George Harrison
    George Harrison
    “Life flows on within you and without you.”

Idioms

Go with the flow - If you go with the flow, you accept things as they happen and do what everyone else wants to do.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. flōwan,; akin to D. vloeijen, OHG. flawen, to wash, Icel. flōa, to deluge, Gr. plw`ein to float, sail, and prob. ultimately to E. float, fleet,. √80. Cf. Flood
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ice. floi, a marsh—flóa, to flood.

Usage

In literature:

They continue each other in an endless flow.
"Creative Evolution" by Henri Bergson
Faith is the universe flowing silently, implacably, through his soul.
"The Lost Art of Reading" by Gerald Stanley Lee
A torrent of lava flowed toward Aderno, and a second flowed into the Val del Bue as far as Zuccolaro.
"Complete Story of the San Francisco Horror" by Richard Linthicum
The principal stream flows through a grove near the market; beside it rises a little mosque, shaded by large chestnuts.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
Flows through meadow land.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
It hovered for a moment, then dropped on the man like a breaking wave, flowed around him.
"It Could Be Anything" by John Keith Laumer
We have robbed the soil and injured the flow of the rivers.
"Conservation Reader" by Harold W. Fairbanks
It's like a long, natural tunnel under the mountain, with water flowing in the center depression, so to speak.
"The Boy Ranchers in Camp" by Willard F. Baker
The sea washes away the blood that has flowed from the cloven skulls.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
Set it upright across the stream between the banks, so that no water flows around the ends or under it.
"Electricity for the farm" by Frederick Irving Anderson
Deep wells are either non-flowing or flowing wells.
"The Home Medical Library, Volume V (of VI)" by Various
A bronze hind, through the mouth of which a stream of water flowed, formerly stood in the centre of the basin.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
The water enters at A, and the flow is regulated by the needle-valve at left-hand side.
"Respiration Calorimeters for Studying the Respiratory Exchange and Energy Transformations of Man" by Francis Gano Benedict
Tears flowed afresh, but silently, at the thought of the contrast.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
But as he ate, Daoud noticed that the meat began to taste better to him, and the juices of his mouth began to flow.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
The push exerted by the steam on the blades not only turns the drum, but presses it in the direction in which the steam flows.
"How it Works" by Archibald Williams
Loose flow'd his reins.
"The Metamorphoses of Publius Ovidus Naso in English blank verse Vols. I & II" by Ovid
Chewing makes a great deal of saliva flow.
"Applied Physiology" by Frank Overton
Female figure with flowing hair; hands gone.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Wells" by Percy Dearmer
Diverted power then flowed through both ends, was modified, and modified again.
"Keep Your Shape" by Robert Sheckley
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In poetry:

His night, flowing out from him,
Into which very soon there would
Surge forth
The stars.
"Night" by Marin Sorescu
I do not love thy snow and sleet
Or icy flows;
When I must jump or stamp to warm
My freezing toes.
"To Winter" by Eugene O Neill
The waters are rising and flowing
Over the weedy stone—
Over it, over it going:
It is never gone.
"Picture Songs" by George MacDonald
For love a river
Unending flows;
Foam upon the waters
Am I yet
I'd never perish for not seeing you!
"For love a river" by Ise
Her tears then ceased to flow,
Her wails no longer rang,
And tuneful in her woe
The prisoned maiden sang:
"The Troubadour" by William Schwenck Gilbert
How sweet the music sounded
That summer long ago,
When you were by my side, love,
To list its gentle flow.
"An Old Memory" by Paul Laurence Dunbar

In news:

Which merged with Pepsico, and royalties continued to flow to Dr Cade 's group and the university.
A shot across Newberry Caldera , with the Big Obsidian Flow (right) and Paulina (left) and East (right) Lakes.
One of the many rhyolite flows that have erupted at Yellowstone during its history.
Crowds started flowing into Festival Plaza to check out all the varieties.
He points not to the professors and economists but to a package delivery driver and a server, two people who shared their daily experiences with the ebb and flow of business.
Offshore flow will keep it cool.
They offer flow to 26 gpm at operating pressure of 5000 psi.
The purpose of casing conduits that pass thousands of feet down into the ground is to create a permanently isolated free-flowing path for gas to come to the surface.
But the real world seems more slippery: a continuum in which one variety of life flows seamlessly into the next.
Condiment flow study available on web.
Flow-Accelerated Corrosion & Cavitation .
Capable of a controlled flow rate of 11gpm and a maximum pressure of 60psi, the seepex BWC food-grade progressive cavity pump conveys liquids containing suspended solids and slurries that are 40,000 centipoise in viscosity.
The system shown in Figure 3 (below) causes feed-water flow to match steam flow in the absence of action by the level controller.
If the two flow rates are identical, the subtractor sends a 50 % signal to the flow-difference controller.
You can have cold flows and you can have supercharged, exceptionally hot flows.
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In science:

Near the walls of a straight tube the velocity of laminar flow is equal to zero and in the center of the tube it is maximum.
Hierarchic Models of Turbulence, Superfluidity and Superconductivity
The physical scenario of transition from a laminar flow to a turbulent one is still unclear.
Hierarchic Models of Turbulence, Superfluidity and Superconductivity
Surface tension prevents mixing between layers with different laminar flow velocities.
Hierarchic Models of Turbulence, Superfluidity and Superconductivity
Turbulent pulsations of flow velocity Ɗv originate under developed turbulence conditions: Ɗv  v tur  v ࢤ v where: vİ is average flow velocity and v is instant flow velocity.
Hierarchic Models of Turbulence, Superfluidity and Superconductivity
The layer mixing effect induced by them can increase flow velocity.
Hierarchic Models of Turbulence, Superfluidity and Superconductivity
The properties of this component are close to those of an ideal liquid with a potential type of flow.
Hierarchic Models of Turbulence, Superfluidity and Superconductivity
McNamara, B. R. 1997, in Galactic and Cluster Cooling Flows, Astron.
A Moderate Cluster Cooling Flow Model
Soker, N. 1997, in Galactic and Cluster Cooling Flows, Astron.
A Moderate Cluster Cooling Flow Model
Vital to the framework of CFM is an environment for generating and controlling the flow.
Media Objects in Time - A Multimedia Streaming System
Ravanini, Excited TBA Boundary Flows in the Tricrtical Ising Model, in preparation (2002).
Lattice Approach to Excited TBA Boundary Flows: Tricritical Ising Model
Procaccia, “Stabilization of Hydrodynamic Flows by Small Viscosity Variations”, Phys.
A simple model for drag reduction
One can also think of dq - the codifferential of q - as the compressibility of the flow.
Proper Time Foliations of Lorentz Manifolds
Hence, p is a geodesic section of T*(M) iff it is closed. This tends to suggest that flows with non-zero vorticity cannot be geodesic in this sense.
Proper Time Foliations of Lorentz Manifolds
Stability Criteria for two–dimensional Flows., J.
Canonical description of ideal magnetohydrodynamics and integrals of motion
Stability Criteria for Axisymmetric Flows., J.
Canonical description of ideal magnetohydrodynamics and integrals of motion
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