Meaning of FLOW in English



Pronunciation: ' fl ō

Function: verb

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English fl ō wan; akin to Old High German flouwen to rinse, wash, Latin pluere to rain, Greek plein to sail, float

Date: before 12th century

intransitive verb

1 a (1) : to issue or move in a stream (2) : CIRCULATE b : to move with a continual change of place among the constituent particles <molasses flow s slowly>

2 : RISE <the tide ebbs and flow s >

3 : ABOUND <a land flow ing with natural resources>

4 a : to proceed smoothly and readily <conversation flow ed easily> b : to have a smooth continuity

5 : to hang loose and billowing <her gown flow ed around her>

6 : to derive from a source : COME <the wealth that flow s from trade>

7 : to deform under stress without cracking or rupturing ― used especially of minerals and rocks


transitive verb

1 : to cause to flow

2 : to discharge in a flow

synonyms see SPRING

– flow · ing · ly \ -i ŋ -l ē \ adverb

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.