Meaning of FLOW in English

FLOW

I.

noun

ADJECTIVE

▪ heavy , large , massive

▪ good

▪ adequate

▪ poor

Our shower doesn't work very well because of the poor water ~.

▪ main

▪ increased , increasing

▪ decreased , reduced

▪ ceaseless , constant , continuous , endless

▪ free , uninterrupted

the uninterrupted ~ of traffic

▪ even , smooth , steady

to maintain an even ~ of work through the department

▪ easy , natural

I liked the concerto for its natural ~.

▪ outward

the outward ~ of investment from the country

▪ annual , daily , seasonal

▪ data , information

▪ air , gas , heat

▪ blood , menstrual

▪ lava , river , water

▪ traffic

▪ capital , cash , financial , investment , production , trade , work

▪ narrative

VERB + FLOW

▪ have

Big pension funds have a constant ~ of cash.

▪ get , obtain

Squeeze the tube slowly to obtain an even ~.

▪ allow

We like to allow a free ~ of ideas in our company.

▪ create , generate , produce , provide

The system provides a continuous ~ of information to the market.

▪ keep , maintain

He kept up a ~ of chatter.

▪ ensure

Use a wide pipe to ensure an adequate ~ of water.

▪ control , manage , regulate

▪ follow

▪ encourage , facilitate , stimulate

to encourage the ~ of revenue into the country

▪ enhance , improve , increase , restore

The company is trying to enhance its cash ~.

▪ affect

▪ disrupt , impede , reduce , restrict , slow , slow down

The continual bombing disrupted the ~ of supplies to the ground troops.

▪ block , break , break up , cut , cut off , halt , interrupt , staunch , stem , stop

They tried to staunch the ~ of blood.

▪ direct

▪ divert

The main ~ of water has been diverted to a new course.

▪ join

▪ measure

FLOW + NOUN

▪ rate

The ~ rate was measured at 9.5 gallons per second.

▪ chart , diagram

PREPOSITION

▪ against the ~

They have to swim against the ~ of the river.

▪ ~ among

information ~ among all the different groups

▪ ~ from

First cut off the water ~ from the boiler.

▪ ~ into

She joined the ~ of immigrants to the country.

▪ ~ of

a constant ~ of information

▪ ~ through

the ~ of data through the system

PHRASES

▪ the ebb and ~

the ebb and ~ of the tide

He was at the mercy of the ebb and ~ of public opinion. ( figurative )

▪ in full ~

She tried to interrupt his speech, but he was already in full ~ (= talking continuously) .

▪ the rate of ~

the rate of ~ of water through the pipe

II.

verb

ADVERB

▪ easily , effortlessly , freely , smoothly

We talked, and the conversation ~ed freely.

Wine and beer ~ed freely.

▪ seamlessly

The songs ~ seamlessly into one another.

▪ gently , gracefully

▪ fast , quickly , rapidly , swiftly

The river ~s very fast here.

▪ slowly , steadily

▪ naturally , nicely , well

In a good production of the play, the action and the words ~ naturally.

▪ directly

Some of these changes will ~ directly from the legislation.

▪ constantly , continuously

▪ away , back , in , out , past

▪ together

VERB + FLOW

▪ seem to

▪ begin to , start to

▪ continue to

Imported food aid continued to ~ in.

PREPOSITION

▪ across , along , between , down

a small stream that ~ed down the hillside

▪ from

Blood was still ~ing from the wound.

▪ into

One day seemed to ~ into the next.

▪ out of , over , through

Information ~s continuously through the network.

▪ to

to get blood ~ing to the brain

PHRASES

▪ ebb and ~

The sea ebbed and ~ed.

The number of buyers has ebbed and ~ed. ( figurative )

▪ ~ in a … direction

The best thing is when ideas ~ in both directions.

▪ ~ in the breeze , ~ in the wind

Her long hair ~ed in the wind as she ran.

Flow is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑ adrenalin , ↑ air , ↑ beer , ↑ blood , ↑ champagne , ↑ cloak , ↑ conversation , ↑ current , ↑ electricity , ↑ hair , ↑ idea , ↑ information , ↑ liquid , ↑ music , ↑ refugee , ↑ river , ↑ saliva , ↑ sap , ↑ stream , ↑ tear , ↑ traffic , ↑ water , ↑ waterfall , ↑ wine , ↑ word

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