• WordNet 3.6
    • adj flush 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"
    • adj flush 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"
    • adv flush squarely or solidly "hit him flush in the face"
    • adv flush in the same plane "set it flush with the top of the table"
    • v flush turn red, as if in embarrassment or shame "The girl blushed when a young man whistled as she walked by"
    • v flush cause to flow or flood with or as if with water "flush the meadows"
    • v flush flow freely "The garbage flushed down the river"
    • v flush irrigate with water from a sluice "sluice the earth"
    • v flush rinse, clean, or empty with a liquid "flush the wound with antibiotics","purge the old gas tank"
    • v flush make level or straight "level the ground"
    • v flush glow or cause to glow with warm color or light "the sky flushed with rosy splendor"
    • n flush sudden reddening of the face (as from embarrassment or guilt or shame or modesty)
    • n flush 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"
    • n flush 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"
    • n flush a poker hand with all 5 cards in the same suit
    • n flush a rosy color (especially in the cheeks) taken as a sign of good health
    • n flush sudden brief sensation of heat (associated with menopause and some mental disorders)
    • n flush the period of greatest prosperity or productivity
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1989, twenty-three people were hired in Jacksonville Florida just to flush toilets so the pipes would not freeze
    • Flush A flock of birds suddenly started up or flushed.
    • Flush 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.
    • Flush A sudden flood or rush of feeling; a thrill of excitement. animation, etc.; as, a flush of joy.
    • Flush A sudden flowing; a rush which fills or overflows, as of water for cleansing purposes. "In manner of a wave or flush ."
    • Flush A suffusion of the face with blood, as from fear, shame, modesty, or intensity of feeling of any kind; a blush; a glow. "The flush of angered shame."
    • Flush Affluent; abounding; well furnished or suppled; hence, liberal; prodigal. "Lord Strut was not very flush in ready."
    • Flush 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.
    • Flush (Card Playing) Consisting of cards of one suit.
    • Flush Full of vigor; fresh; glowing; bright. "With all his crimes broad blown, as flush as May."
    • adv Flush So as to be level or even.
    • Flush To become suddenly suffused, as the cheeks; to turn red; to blush.
    • Flush To cause the blood to rush into (the face); to put to the blush, or to cause to glow with excitement. "Nor flush with shame the passing virgin's cheek.""Sudden a thought came like a full-blown rose, Flushing his brow."
    • Flush 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.
    • Flush To cause to flow; to draw water from, or pour it over or through (a pond, meadow, sewer, etc.); to cleanse by means of a rush of water.
    • Flush To cause to start, as a hunter a bird.
    • Flush To excite; to animate; to stir. "Such things as can only feed his pride and flush his ambition."
    • Flush To flow and spread suddenly; to rush; as, blood flushes into the face. "The flushing noise of many waters.""It flushes violently out of the cock."
    • Flush To make suddenly or temporarily red or rosy, as if suffused with blood. "How faintly flushed . how phantom fair,
      Was Monte Rosa, hanging there!"
    • v. i Flush (Mining) To operate a placer mine, where the continuous supply of water is insufficient, by holding back the water, and releasing it periodically in a flood.
    • Flush To snow red; to shine suddenly; to glow. "In her cheek, distemper flushing glowed."
    • Flush To start up suddenly; to take wing as a bird. "Flushing from one spray unto another."
    • Flush (Arch. & Mech) Unbroken or even in surface; on a level with the adjacent surface; forming a continuous surface; as, a flush panel; a flush joint.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The first toilet being flushed in a motion picture was in the movie "Psycho."
    • flush To become suffused with color, as the face or the sky; redden; blush; glow.
    • flush To make suddenly red; suffuse with color; redden; cause to blush; cause to ***ow; color.
    • n flush A redness caused by a sudden flow of blood to the face; a blush; any warm coloring or glow, as the reddening of the sky before daybreak: as, a crimson flush.
    • n flush Sudden impulse or excitement; a sudden thrill or shock, as of feeling: as, to feel a flush of joy.
    • n flush Bloom; glow.
    • n flush The hot stage of a fever.
    • flush Hot and heavy: said of the weather or the atmosphere.
    • flush In full bloom; in vigorous growth or condition.
    • flush Same an flosh.
    • flush To drench copiously with water for the purpose of cleansing; wash out, as a sewer, with a copious flow of water.
    • flush Synonyms See plunge.
    • flush To flow swiftly; especially, to flow and spread suddenly, as blood in the face: a use scarcely different from that of flush, intransitive verb
    • flush To become fluxed or fluid.
    • n flush A piece of moist ground; a place where water frequently lies; a morass.
    • n flush A run of water.
    • n flush An increase of water in a river.
    • n flush Snow in a state of dissolution; slush.
    • flush To encourage; elate; excite the spirits of; animate with joy: originally the same as flesh.
    • flush To fly out suddenly, as a bird when disturbed: start up or fly off.
    • flush In sporting, to rouse and cause to start up or fly off; spring: as, to flush a woodcock; to flush a covey; to flush the trout.
    • n flush The act of starting or flushing a bird.
    • n flush A bird, or a flock of birds, suddenly started or sprung.
    • n flush A great number.
    • n flush Abundance; exuberance.
    • flush Full, in any respect; exuberant; plentiful.
    • flush Well supplied, as with money: as, to be quite flush.
    • flush Prodigal; wasteful.
    • flush Having the surface or face even or level with the adjacent surface, or in the same plane or line; being in exact alinement; even.
    • flush To make flush or level.
    • flush In weaving, to throw on the surface over several threads without intersecting, as in twilling, or forming tissue figures.
    • flush In weaving, to flow or float over several threads without intersection: said of threads in twilling or tissue-weaving.
    • flush Same as fledge.
    • flush To become able to fly: same as fledge.
    • n flush In card-playing, a hand in which all the cards, or a certain specified number of them, are of the same suit.
    • n flush A certain game of cards.
    • flush In the game of poker, consisting of cards all of which are of the same suit: as, a flush hand.
    • n flush In tea-growing, a fresh growth of shoots with leaves fit for picking. After the removal of the pekoe tip (sec pekoe) and the younger leaves a new flush is secured from axillary buds by stimulative culture or by removing the greater part of the plant's foliage.
    • flush To put out a new growth, as plants which have been partially deprived of their foliage: especially applied to tea-plants.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The soldiers of World War I were the first people to use the modern flushing toilet. The inventor: Thomas Crapper.
    • n Flush flush a flow of blood to the face causing redness: sudden impulse: bloom, freshness, vigour: abundance
    • v.i Flush to become red in the face: to flow swiftly
    • v.t Flush 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 Flush (of weather) hot and heavy: abounding: well supplied, as with money:
    • v.i Flush flush to start up like an alarmed bird
    • v.t Flush to rouse and cause to start off
    • n Flush the act of starting:
    • v.t Flush flush to make even: to fill up to the level of a surface (often with up)
    • adj Flush having the surface level with the adjacent surface
    • n Flush flush in card-playing, a hand in which all the cards or a specified number are of the same suit
    • adj Flush in poker, consisting of cards all of the same suit
    • adj Flush (Shak.) in full bloom
    • n Flush (Spens.) a bird, or a flock of birds so started
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  • Prince Philip Edinburgh
    Prince Philip Edinburgh
    “The biggest waste of water in the country is when you spend half a pint and flush two gallons.”


Busted flush - Someone or something that had great potential but ended up a useless failure is a busted flush.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. OE. fluschen, to fly up, penetrate, F. fluz, a flowing, E. flux, dial. Sw. flossa, to blaze, and E. flash,; perh. influenced by blush,. √84


In literature:

She flushed, and looked at her father.
"The Squirrel-Cage" by Dorothy Canfield
Her face was slightly flushed, her expression full of kindly amusement.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
A red flush colored his brow as he went on.
"A True Friend" by Adeline Sergeant
Lena flushed and nodded as he lifted his hat and was gone.
"Jewel Weed" by Alice Ames Winter
For a moment my mother flushed.
"The King's Mirror" by Anthony Hope
The dark face flushed and the slim little hand began to tremble.
"The Root of Evil" by Thomas Dixon
There was a long, swelling breath, and the lashes drooped over the slightly flushed cheeks.
"Floyd Grandon's Honor" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
They swept that intangible look from Jim's face and left it flushed and boyish.
"Still Jim" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
All eyes turned to Oliver, whose face was crimson with a sudden flush of pain and anger.
"The Fifth Form at Saint Dominic's" by Talbot Baines Reed
The maid who had come to the door looked her over so superciliously that Patty flushed with indignation.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1907 to 1908" by Lucy Maud Montgomery

In poetry:

I know a hectic flush
On thy sweet cheek is burning,
That thou dost stilly hush
Thy wrung heart's deepest yearning.
"Though Thou Wast Passing Fair" by James Avis Bartley
The Spirit of Wine
Sang in my glass, and I listened
With love to his odorous music,
His flushed and magnificent song.
"The Spirit Of Wine" by William Ernest Henley
Ah! wistfully I read her face,
Full gently did I speak,
No light dawned in her tender eye,
No flush stole o'er her cheek.
"The Knight Of Normandy" by Marietta Holley
Nay, Fame! success is best!
All lost! and nothing won:
North, keep the clouds that flush the West,
We have the sinking sun.
"Sentinel Songs" by Abram Joseph Ryan
Oh roses for the flush of youth,
And laurel for the perfect prime;
But pluck an ivy branch for me
Grown old before my time.
"Song IV" by Christina Georgina Rossetti
A painful anger flush'd my cheek,
My lip indignant smil'd,
I cried, "And did he e'er bespeak
Thy friendship for his child?"
"Edgar And Ellen" by Matilda Betham

In news:

Flush with income, consumers probably lifted their spending by a sturdy 0.5.
"I'm totally weirded out," she announces to a sold-out, mashed-in Sunday-afternoon crowd at Southpaw, largely underage and entirely flush with adoration.
So I went number two, but when I tried to flush the toilet it wouldn't go down.
Flushing Ave See Map Subway Directions.
The world has been transformed since Conrad Voelcker, a German printer, bought a Victorian house in Flushing, Queens, in 1899.
Boro's prancing prince: Flushing's Rivera, 10, in 'The Nutcracker' at Lincoln Center.
Healthy harvests and decent crop prices have helped grower-customers be flush with cash to spend.
People have a right to get drunk and flush their money down the toilet.
To outsiders, Taiwanese food can be challenging—which is why most Taiwanese-owned restaurants in Flushing serve food from other parts of China.
A teen in a Cleveland suburb was flushed nearly a quarter of a mile before being rescued by responders.
Marshal Rodney Hartzell is back from vacation and flush with cash he wants to hand out to people who will turn in two really bad guys who are wanted for murder.
Henry Ford's Model T put America on wheels, and Ferdinand Porsche's Volkswagen did the same thing for much of Europe, but given a modicum of perspective, it was kind of like introducing canned vegetables or flush toilets.
Flushing the system may help, but radiator replacement is often the best answer.
The university, flush with new resources from Pac-12 TV contract revenue, is pinning its hopes on new Coach Jim Mora bringing the right amount of energy and toughness to the program for it to succeed.
Sanus Systems has introduced the Model LR1A Recessed In-Wall Box, which allows a flat-panel TV to rest flush against the wall.

In science:

Photosensitive wire chambers (introduced by Seguinot et al., and Bogomolov et al.,) and gaseous detectors with CsI photocathodes ( first developed by Charpak et al., and Dangendorf et al., ), operating in flushed by gas mode found widespread applications in experimental practice.
The Development of Sealed UV Sensitive Gaseous Detectors and their Applications
Currently expensive PMs are used for this purpose. In our recent experiments [8,20-22] we have demonstrated that detectors with CsI photocathodes flushed by gas detectors are able to operate at cryogenic temperatures and detect with a high efficiency the scintillation lights from noble liquids.
The Development of Sealed UV Sensitive Gaseous Detectors and their Applications
In spite of encouraging preliminary results, flushed by gas detectors have several inconvenient features, for example their working voltage V depends on the temperature.
The Development of Sealed UV Sensitive Gaseous Detectors and their Applications
As in work inside the cryostat a “scintillation” chamber was installed - a gas chamber containing an 241Am source and flushed, depending on the measurements, by Ar or by Xe gases at pressures of 1atm (Fig. 11).
The Development of Sealed UV Sensitive Gaseous Detectors and their Applications
Radon lines disappear in May thanks to nitrogen flushing through the set-up. The lines from EC in 207Bi are dominating this spectrum, with a special mention to the 88 keV line (X-ray and Auger electrons cascade following capture in the 207Pb K-shell).
Proceedings of the 1st International Workshop "Radiopure Scintillators for EURECA" (RPScint'2008)