flux

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v flux mix together different elements "The colors blend well"
    • v flux become liquid or fluid when heated "the frozen fat liquefied"
    • v flux move or progress freely as if in a stream "The crowd flowed out of the stadium"
    • n flux in constant change "his opinions are in flux","the newness and flux of the computer industry"
    • n flux (physics) the number of changes in energy flow across a given surface per unit area
    • n flux a flow or discharge
    • n flux the lines of force surrounding a permanent magnet or a moving charged particle
    • n flux a state of uncertainty about what should be done (usually following some important event) preceding the establishment of a new direction of action "the flux following the death of the emperor"
    • n flux excessive discharge of liquid from a cavity or organ (as in watery diarrhea)
    • n flux a substance added to molten metals to bond with impurities that can then be readily removed
    • n flux the rate of flow of energy or particles across a given surface
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Flux (Med) A fluid discharge from the bowels or other part; especially, an excessive and morbid discharge; as, the bloody flux or dysentery. See Bloody flux.
    • Flux (Chem. & Metal) Any substance or mixture used to promote the fusion of metals or minerals, as alkalies, borax, lime, fluorite.
    • a Flux Flowing; unstable; inconstant; variable. "The flux nature of all things here."
    • Flux The act of flowing; a continuous moving on or passing by, as of a flowing stream; constant succession; change. "By the perpetual flux of the liquids, a great part of them is thrown out of the body.""Her image has escaped the flux of things,
      And that same infant beauty that she wore
      Is fixed upon her now forevermore."
      "Languages, like our bodies, are in a continual flux ."
    • Flux (Med) The matter thus discharged.
    • Flux (Physics) The quantity of a fluid that crosses a unit area of a given surface in a unit of time.
    • Flux The setting in of the tide toward the shore, -- the ebb being called the reflux.
    • Flux The state of being liquid through heat; fusion.
    • Flux To affect, or bring to a certain state, by flux. "He might fashionably and genteelly . . . have been dueled or fluxed into another world."
    • Flux (Med) To cause a discharge from; to purge.
    • Flux To cause to become fluid; to fuse.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n flux The act of flowing; a flowing, as of a fluid; flow in general, but now most commonly an occasional flow; an outpouring or effusion of anything.
    • n flux Hence Continual change; the mode of being of that which is instantaneous, ceasing to exist as soon as it begins to exist. This is specifically termed Heraclitan flux, from the doctrine of the ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus that there is no being or permanence, but that all things are transitory and fleeting.
    • n flux In pathology, a morbid or abnormal issue or discharge of matter, as blood, mucus, or pus, from any mucous surface of the internal vessels or viscera: as, the bloody flux (dysentery).
    • n flux Matter which is discharged in a flux; defluxion; excrement.
    • n flux A flowing together; concourse; confluence.
    • n flux Fusion; conversion to a liquid state by the operation of heat.
    • n flux In metallurgy, any substance or mixture used to promote the fusion of metals or minerals, as alkalis, borax, tartar, and other saline matter, or, in large operations, limestone or fluor-spar. Alkaline fluxes are either the crude, the white, or the black flux. When tartar is deflagrated with half its weight of niter, a mixture of charcoal and carbonate of potash remains, which is often called black flux; when an equal weight of niter is used, the whole of the charcoal is burned off, and carbonate of potassium remains, which, when thus procured, is called white flux.
    • n flux In mathematics, a vector which is referred to a unit of area.
    • flux Flowing; changing; inconstant; variable.
    • flux To flood; overflow.
    • flux In medicine, to cause a flux or evacuation from; salivate; purge.
    • flux To clear or clean out by or as if by an evacuation; relieve by purging, literally or figuratively.
    • flux To melt; fuse; make fluid.
    • flux To flow or change.
    • n flux Continuous motion.
    • n flux In enameling, a colorless vitreous base, composed of silica mixed with minium or red lead and potash or carbonate of soda. See fondant, 2.
    • n flux In botany, the slimy exudation from wounds in the bark of various trees.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Flux fluks act of flowing: a flow of matter: quick succession: a discharge generally from a mucous membrane: matter discharged: excrement: the term given to the substances employed in the arts to assist the reduction of a metallic ore and the fusion of a metal
    • v.t Flux to melt
    • v.i Flux to flow
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Quotations

  • Camille Paglia
    Camille%20Paglia
    “Beauty is our weapon against nature; by it we make objects, giving them limit, symmetry, proportion. Beauty halts and freezes the melting flux of nature.”
  • Hannah Arendt
    Hannah%20Arendt
    “Death not merely ends life, it also bestows upon it a silent completeness, snatched from the hazardous flux to which all things human are subject.”
  • Susan Sontag
    Susan%20Sontag
    “Existence is no more than the precarious attainment of relevance in an intensely mobile flux of past, present, and future.”
  • Jean Jacques Rousseau
    Jean%20Jacques%20Rousseau
    “Our affections as well as our bodies are in perpetual flux.”
  • Robert Collier
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    “Make your mold. The best flux in the world will not make a usable shape unless you have a mold to pour it in.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. fluxus, fr. fluere, fluxum, to flow: cf.F. flux,. See Fluent, and cf. 1st & 2d Floss Flush (n.), 6

Usage

In literature:

All the dancers were waving intertwined in the flux of music.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
Yet everything about and around us is in flux.
"England and Germany" by Emile Joseph Dillon
The changes that take place in the descending mass, composed of ore, fuel and flux.
"Scientific American magazine Vol 2. No. 3 Oct 10 1846" by Various
Who looks upon a river in a meditative hour, and is not reminded of the flux of all things?
"Nature" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
He glanced over at the equate-panel, at the flux of dancing lights.
"We're Friends, Now" by Henry Hasse
Soldering iron, solder and flux.
"The Automobile Storage Battery" by O. A. Witte
Flux and reflux, the fire and the water, the water and the fire!
"Dreamers of the Ghetto" by I. Zangwill
He and Amado had only a touch of the flux, and they died of fear!
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
Their diseases, as Mr. Hearne informs us, are principally fluxes, scurvy, and consumption.
"Vegetable Diet: As Sanctioned by Medical Men, and by Experience in All Ages" by William Andrus Alcott
Presently, the lady's passion beginning to decline, or her flux of ill words to be exhausted, she dismissed her audience.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Volume XXI" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Protected by this spur, we find the east bank of the Rio Grande for many miles free from the flux.
"The Galaxy, Volume 23, No. 2, February, 1877" by Various
Any system that puts man at the mercy of the flux of events does precisely this.
"The Philosophy of Spinoza" by Baruch de Spinoza
Patients, who have had the Flux long, are apt to have their Legs swell at Nights; or to swell all over as soon as the Flux has stopped.
"An Account of the Diseases which were most frequent in the British military hospitals in Germany" by Donald Monro
They front each other proudly with a false air of permanence; yet are but shapes, their membership in a perpetual flux.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 18 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
They mark the flux and reflux of this great battle.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 81, July, 1864" by Various
A small amount is used for spiegeleisen, and the rest as a flux.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 6" by Various
Every solid in the universe is ready to become fluid on the approach of the mind, and the power to flux it is the measure of the mind.
"The Voice of Science in Nineteenth-Century Literature" by Various
The heat and cold which surround the globe are in a state of constant and universal flux and reflux.
"Principles of Geology" by Charles Lyell
The Idea is eternal and immutable; sense-objects are changeable and in perpetual flux.
"A Critical History of Greek Philosophy" by W. T. Stace
There seemed no end to this flux of gray-green gnomes.
"The Day of Wrath" by Louis Tracy
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In poetry:

Strong flux of life,
Like a bitter wine
Out of the bloody stills of the world…
Out of the Passion eternal.
"The Ghetto" by Lola Ridge
Whence from the trivial flux of Things,
Rise inconceived miscarryings,
Outrageous but immortal, shown,
Of Her great love, to me alone…
"The Playmate" by Rudyard Kipling
Then they wane, and they dance, and they flicker,
And by this at once I know
That this life is a flux and reflux,
Till the dust is laid below.
"Night In The Village" by Alexander Anderson
He cur'd the Paralitic of his grief,
He cur'd the halt and bloody-flux'd with ease,
To Job and Naaman he gave relief,
And heal'd each sort of sickness and disease.
"Advice To The Sick" by Rees Prichard
O cauldrons of life, where matter, adown the eternal day,
Pours herself fruitful, seething through paths of scattering flame!
O flux of worlds and reflux to other worlds the same!
Unending oscillation betwixt newer and for aye!
"The Glory Of The Heavens" by Emile Verhaeren

In news:

Minot's 'inn' flux : City experiencing surge of new hotels.
Dolphins' passing game in flux .
Two unexpected events this weekend have put Miami's already questionable passing game further in flux .
Westchester's September primary ballot still in flux .
Hokies' competition for Green in flux .
Defensive personnel in flux -- for now.
Hold your own Gymhkana session in your backyard with the new HPI Ken Block WR8 FLUX .
Fred Bell on Pythagorean Flux.
New York's Hell's Kitchen is a neighborhood in flux.
Fillet using 0.045-in E71T-9M flux-cored wire.
Some Colorado counties had a lot of flux in their populations.
Refinancing a Self-Storage Property: Getting From A to Z in the Midst of Capital-Market Flux.
Proposal to exempt medically retired vets from TRICARE fee increases still in flux.
Oslo and its model-movie star couple may be in flux, but the future looks bright for both.
GIK defenders say the accounting rules are flexible, ­confusing and in flux, and that nonprofits have acted in good faith.
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In science:

Fluxes were measured in individual channel maps including the central continuum source.
Star Formation and Tidal Encounters with the Low Surface Brightness Galaxy UGC 12695 and Companions
Among most directly observable consequences of the edge influence on the vortex structure is that vortex’s flux is no longer quantized and becomes smaller than φ0 [1-4].
Non-Quantized Penetration of Magnetic Field in the Vortex State of Superconductors
This measurements with the resolution much better than one flux quantum on micrometer-sized samples, where the influence of the edge is dominant.
Non-Quantized Penetration of Magnetic Field in the Vortex State of Superconductors
Quantization of Flux in a Superconducting Cylinder.
Non-Quantized Penetration of Magnetic Field in the Vortex State of Superconductors
Magnetic Flux Quantization in a Superconducting Cylinder.
Non-Quantized Penetration of Magnetic Field in the Vortex State of Superconductors
Flux Penetration in a Thin Superconducting Disk.
Non-Quantized Penetration of Magnetic Field in the Vortex State of Superconductors
Flux Penetration and Expulsion in Thin Superconducting Disks, Phys.
Non-Quantized Penetration of Magnetic Field in the Vortex State of Superconductors
MHz flux density estimate. g 640 MHz flux density estimate.
Radio Pulsars in the Magellanic Clouds
Tsytlin, Closed Superstrings in Magnetic Flux Tube Background, Nucl.
Closed String Tachyons in Non-supersymmetric Heterotic Theories
Scal (V) × Scal (Jy) where Scal (Jy) is the total flux of the calibration ob ject in Jy which, for planets, was taken from the JCMT fluxes program.
The SCUBA Local Universe Galaxy Survey II. 450 micron data - evidence for cold dust in bright IRAS Galaxies
The dashed line indicates the average uniform density n = 1cm−3 . b) Flux computed in the collision of the ABM pulse with an ISM cloud with the density profile given in a).
Observational tests of the Electro-Magnetic Black Hole Theory in Gamma-Ray Bursts
Flux profiles are obtained after the actual radiative transfer calculations from a disk-integration of the stored profiles of the individual inclined rays for a given vrot sini (Dravins & Nordlund 1990).
Stellar abundance analyses in the light of 3D hydrodynamical model atmospheres
The flux density of precipitating particles is rather sharply localized in the space and produces at the Earth a clearly pronounced precipitation oval (Fig. 3). Sharp spatially localized regions of increased conductivity in the ionosphere also correspond to such a distribution of precipitation.
Concerning the conjugation of field-aligned currents
Krause, Four-Flux and Warped Heterotic M-Theory Compactifications, Nucl.
Enlarging the Parameter Space of Heterotic M-Theory Flux Compactifications to Phenomenological Viability
Krause, G-Fluxes and Non-Perturbative Stabilisation of Heterotic M-Theory, Nucl.
Enlarging the Parameter Space of Heterotic M-Theory Flux Compactifications to Phenomenological Viability
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