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Definition of 'flow'


  1. the motion characteristic of fluids (liquids or gases)
       Synonyms: flowing
  2. the amount of fluid that flows in a given time
       Synonyms: flow rate rate of flow
  3. the act of flowing or streaming; continuous progression
       Synonyms: stream
  4. any uninterrupted stream or discharge
  5. 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"
       Synonyms: stream
  6. 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"
       Synonyms: stream current


  1. move or progress freely as if in a stream; "The crowd flowed out of the stadium"
       Synonyms: flux
  2. move along, of liquids; "Water flowed into the cave"; "the Missouri feeds into the Mississippi"
       Synonyms: run feed course
  3. cause to flow; "The artist flowed the washes on the paper"
  4. be abundantly present; "The champagne flowed at the wedding"
  5. fall or flow in a certain way; "This dress hangs well"; "Her long black hair flowed down her back"
       Synonyms: hang fall
  6. cover or swamp with water
  7. undergo menstruation; "She started menstruating at the age of 11"
       Synonyms: menstruate

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