fluent

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj fluent expressing yourself readily, clearly, effectively "able to dazzle with his facile tongue","silver speech"
    • adj fluent smooth and unconstrained in movement "a long, smooth stride","the fluid motion of a cat","the liquid grace of a ballerina"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Fluent A current of water; a stream.
    • Fluent (Math) A variable quantity, considered as increasing or diminishing; -- called, in the modern calculus, the function or integral.
    • Fluent Flowing or capable of flowing; liquid; glodding; easily moving.
    • Fluent Ready in the use of words; voluble; copious; having words at command; and uttering them with facility and smoothness; as, a fluent speaker; hence, flowing; voluble; smooth; -- said of language; as, fluent speech. "With most fluent utterance.""Fluent as the flight of a swallow is the sultan's letter."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • fluent Flowing or capable of flowing; having a flowing motion, or an appearance as of flowing; changeable; not rigid.
    • fluent Ready in the use of words; using words with facility; voluble: as, a fluent speaker or writer.
    • fluent Proceeding from a facility of ready copious speech; marked by copiousness of speech: as, fluent utterance; a fluent style.
    • n fluent A stream; a current of water.
    • n fluent In the doctrine of fluxions, the variable or flowing quantity in fluxions which is continually increasing or decreasing; an integral. See fluxion.
    • fluent In fluxions, enlarging (or diminishing) continuously, that is, by infinitesimal increments (+ or —).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Fluent flōō′ent ready in the use of words: voluble: marked by copiousness
    • n Fluent the variable quantity in fluxions
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. fluens, -entis, p. pr. of fluere, to flow; cf. Gr. to boil over. Cf. Fluctuate Flux

Usage

In literature:

The Empress was there, and was absolutely charming to us, making us sit down beside her and talking to us in fluent English.
"Field Hospital and Flying Column" by Violetta Thurstan
He was fluent in the language of Cebu, and labored in various missions among the Bisayas (1596-1611).
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898, Volume XXIV, 1630-34" by Various
He was a great reader and a fluent penman.
"The Wit and Humor of America, Volume I. (of X.)" by Various
He was by no means fluent of speech; his manners were shy, awkward, and retiring.
"Personal Recollections of Birmingham and Birmingham Men" by E. Edwards
The Supervisor's fluent streak had worn itself out the day before and he was more silent than ever this morning.
"The Boy With the U. S. Foresters" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
He cursed the rain, cursed it with his fluent precision which already had earned Fat Joe's admiring comment.
"Then I'll Come Back to You" by Larry Evans
We exchanged remarks with him in German for a few minutes, I limping along behind the more fluent Pousette and Bulle.
"A Journal From Our Legation in Belgium" by Hugh Gibson
The count's eyes returned to their sockets; and he had a sudden outburst of fluent German.
"The Terrible Twins" by Edgar Jepson
But Uncle Joe was likely to be fluent when he got started.
"The Wit and Humor of America, Volume V. (of X.)" by Various
It is all like this, fluent and unnecessary.
"Romance Two Lectures" by Walter Raleigh
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In poetry:

Secure, let fluent parrots feign
The musick of the dove;
'Tis only in the eye may reign
The eloquence of love.
"The Complaint" by Washington Allston
Reciprocal visits were often,
He slept with me, I slept with him,
Talked till near dawn of daylight,
With fluent and scholarly Tim.
"Tim" by Jared Barhite
The fluent pleadings being o'er,
And they the cause left as before;
For howsoever words were priz'd,
Fair truth was rather more disguis'd.
"The Milkman" by William Hutton
Of fluent silver, carelessly displayed;
And all the pastures in their morn attire
Of flowery robes most gorgeously arrayed
Shrink now too late before the noonday's fire.
"An August Noon" by James Herbert Morse
Dwell thou in endless Light, discharged Soul;
Freed now from Natures, and from Fortunes trust:
While on this fluent Globe my glass shall role,
And run the rest of my remaining dust.
"Tears At The Grave Of Sir Albertus Morton (Who Was Buried At Southampton) Wept" by Sir Henry Wotton
Now thou art gone, the little men
Of fluent tongue and trashy pen
Will strive to imitate thee;
And when they find they haven't sense
Enough to make a fair pretense,
They'll turn and underrate thee.
"Frederick Douglass" by Joseph Seamon Cotter Sr

In news:

Fluent in Arabic, Hebrew and English, Eli Chalouh, 23, moved easily among the diverse communities to which his languages gave him access.
While I spent much of law school covering up indolent underachievement with the good fortune of having a quick tongue and fluent pen, Judge Kravitz pushed and prodded me to think more deeply and explore more thoroughly.
Below is a sample of 10 names of volunteers from least fluent (hardest to pronounce ) to most fluent (easiest to pronounce ).
When the Garçon Gets Snooty , A Fluent Palmtop Takes Charge.
Finstad, who is fluent in Spanish, is currently taking customer inquiries.
La Guardia was fluent in Yiddish .
Alaskan strives to be fluent in Dena'inaq', spoken by few.
Candidates are required to speak fluent English and Arabic .
Cantanker 's closing comes soon after the news that Fluent Collaborative's online art journal might be good will also stop production, leaving a palpable vacancy in the art scene.
Candidates are required to speak fluent English and Arabic.
These are fluent speakers who have recently participated in Tlingit language classes at the University of Alaska Southeast.
It's the fourth day of my English countryside tour, and I'm finally becoming fluent in Brit-speak.
Many Silicon Valley entrepreneurs speak fluent Tim Ferriss.
Fluent English & Detail Oriented.
Sara Lewis is fluent in firefly.
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In science:

Flue nts and actions are introduced by assertions of the forms fluent(f ) and action(a).
Multi-valued Action Languages in CLP(FD)
Identification of the fluents fluent(cont(B,L)):- barrel(B), liter(L), L ≤ B.
Multi-valued Action Languages in CLP(FD)
A list, called States, containing N + 1 lists, each composed of p terms of the form fluent(fluent name, Bool var).
Multi-valued Action Languages in CLP(FD)
The process is based on a recursion across fluents and consecutive states. T he predicate set one fluent is called (see Figure 6) at the core of the recursion.
Multi-valued Action Languages in CLP(FD)
For a given fluent F, the predicate set one fluent collects the list DynPos (respectively DynNeg) of all the pairs [Action,Preconditions] such that the dynamic action Action makes F true (respectively false) in the state transition (lines (15) and (16)).
Multi-valued Action Languages in CLP(FD)
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