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  Definition of Flow
  1. the act of flowing or streaming; continuous progression
  2. the motion characteristic of fluids (liquids or gases)
  3. 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"
  4. any uninterrupted stream or discharge
  5. 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
  6. 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"
  7. the amount of fluid that flows in a given time
  8. undergo menstruation; "She started menstruating at the age of 11"
  9. cover or swamp with water
  10. fall or flow in a certain way; "This dress hangs well"; "Her long black hair flowed down her back"
  11. move or progress freely as if in a stream; "The crowd flowed out of the stadium"
  12. move along, of liquids; "Water flowed into the cave"; "the Missouri feeds into the Mississippi"
  13. cause to flow; "The artist flowed the washes on the paper"
  14. be abundantly present; "The champagne flowed at the wedding"
Similar Words: stream, flowing, current, menstruation, menses, menstruum, catamenia, period, flow rate, rate of flow, menstruate, hang, fall, flux, run, feed, course


See Also: be due, flow from, overflow, overrun, well over, run over, brim over


Hyponyms: spill, spillage, release, flood, overflow, outpouring, fountain, jet, ebb, reflux, backflow, backflowing, airflow, air flow, flow of air, current, stream, freshet, spate, runoff, overspill, dripping, drippage, discharge, run, flux, fluxion, seepage, ooze, oozing, drip, trickle, dribble, emission, flush, gush, rush, surge, upsurge, slipstream, airstream, race, backwash, wash, turbulent flow, streamline flow, filling, flowage, inflow, influx, outflow, effluence, efflux, menorrhagia, hypermenorrhea, oligomenorrhea, cardiac output, lave, lap, ripple, ruffle, riffle, cockle, undulate, transpire, transpirate, tide, circulate, eddy, purl, whirlpool, swirl, whirl, waste, run off, run down, pour, run out, well out, filter, drain, seep, gutter


Entailments: ovulate


Derivational Morphology: stream, well out, run, feed, course, flux, menstruate, pour, swarm, teem, pullulate, menstruation, menses, menstruum, catamenia, period, flowage, flood, hang, fluxion, trend, flow rate, rate of flow, flowing, rivulet, rill, runnel, streamlet, discharge, outpouring


Anagrams: fowl, wolf, Wolf


Language Translations:
Bosnian: tok   Breton: beradur and deverañ and lanv  
Bulgarian: тека and течение   Croatian: tok  
Danish: flod and strøm and strømme   Dutch: vloeien  
Finnish: virrata and virtaus and vuoksi   French: écoulement and couler and flux  
German: fließen and Fluss and Flut   Italian: flusso and riflusso  
Norwegian: flo and flom and flomme   Polish: przepływ and przypływ and płynąć  
Portuguese: fluxo and fluxo da maré   Romanian: curge and curgere and flux  
Russian: прилив and течение and течь   Slovak: príliv and prúd and tiecť  
Slovene: teči and tok   Spanish: fluir  
Swedish: ström and strömma   Turkish: akmak and akış  
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