Meaning of FLUSH in English


I. ˈfləsh verb

( -ed/-ing/-es )

Etymology: Middle English flusshen, perhaps of imitative origin

intransitive verb


a. of a bird : to take to wing suddenly : fly up (as from a place of concealment)

b. obsolete , of persons : to rush abroad or swarm together like a flock of birds

2. : to cause a bird to flush

transitive verb

: to cause (a bird) to flush : put up (as a game bird)

II. noun

( -es )

1. : a flight of flushed birds

2. : the act of flushing birds

III. noun

( -es )

Etymology: Middle English floshe — more at flodge

dialect Britain : a low swampy place : a pool of standing water (as in a road)

IV. noun

( -es )

Etymology: perhaps alteration (influenced by flush ) (I) of flux (I)


a. : a sudden flow (as of water) : a rush of liquid that fills or overflows whether naturally occurring or produced for a particular purpose

the dam burst and sent a great flush of water scouring down the valley

a flush of blood brightened her cheeks

b. : a cleansing or rinsing with or as if with water

give the pot a flush with boiling water before making the tea

2. : a sudden increase or expansion: as

a. : a sudden and usually abundant growth of vegetation

the spring flush of grass

or of a particular plant part

a second flush of bloom

sometimes : a tender young shoot (as of a tea plant)

b. : a sharp increase in milk production (as when cattle are first put out on good pasture)

c. : a sudden flood or rush of emotion

a quick flush of anger

: thrill


a. : a tinge of red or ruddy light or color (as produced on the cheeks by a sudden rush of blood)

the healthy flush of the child's face

the flush brightening a perfectly ripe peach

b. : a glowing, vigorous, or fresh state or quality

a flush of youthful ardor

the first flush of success

4. : a transitory attack or sensation of extreme heat (as in response to certain drugs or in certain physiological states)

harassed by the flushes natural to a woman of her age

5. : a feed (as molasses or milk) used to stimulate the intestinal motility of domestic animals (as poultry)

V. verb

( -ed/-ing/-es )

intransitive verb

1. : to flow and spread suddenly and freely : rush

the tide flushed through the narrow inlet

as the blood flushes back to the extremities


a. : to glow suddenly, brightly, or with rich or ruddy color

dawn was already flushing beyond the line of hills

the aurora flushed far into the sky

b. : to become suddenly suffused (as with color) ; especially : blush

flushed hotly and denied everything

3. of plants : to start into growth : throw out shoots

4. : to operate a placer mine where the continuous supply of water is insufficient by holding back water and releasing it periodically in a flood — compare booming

5. of sheep : to come into breeding condition

transitive verb


a. : to cause (as water) to flow

flushed the water away

b. : to pour or cause water or other liquid to pour over or through (as a surface or a channel)

flushing the meadow in the early fall

flush the teapot with boiling water

usually : to cleanse or wash out by means of a rush of liquid

flush the stable floor with a hose

flush the toilet

2. : to fill with or inflame by : excite , animate — now usually used passively

flushed with pride at his son's success

flushed by a few minor successes

3. : to make suddenly or temporarily red, rosy, or glowing as if suffused with blood or flooded with color : cause to blush

the story flushed her cheeks with shame

4. : to prepare (sheep) for breeding by improving the ration for a time before turning the rams and ewes together

5. : to transfer (pigment) directly from a water slurry to a dispersion in an oil or resinous base

VI. adjective

( -er/-est )


a. : filled to overflowing

streams flush with the spring runoff

b. : fully or generously supplied usually with money : affluent

particularly flush this week


a. archaic : full of life and vigor : lusty , spirited ; sometimes : self-confident and assured

b. : of a ruddy or healthy color : flushed


a. of money or credit : readily available : abundant

money is so flush just now that the poorest trash is bid up to ridiculous levels at the auctions

b. : prodigal or lavish especially in expenditure

so flush you might buy your sister a trinket


a. : having or forming a continuous plane or unbroken surface

flush paneling under the windows

the river is flush with its banks

also of a boat : having a flush deck

b. : directly abutting on or immediately adjacent to

the windows of the overhang were flush with the street


(1) of printed matter : set even with an edge or especially with the left edge of a type page or column : having no indention

(2) of a cut : trimmed to bleed the printing surface

(3) of a book cover : trimmed even with the leaves

(4) : arranged edge to edge so as to fit snugly

be sure that the door is flush with the casing

flush wallpaper

5. of a blow : precisely delivered : accurate , direct

floored his opponent with flush shots to the chin

Synonyms: see level

VII. adverb

Etymology: flush (VI)

: without interruption: as

a. : straight , squarely

caught his opponent flush on the chin

went flush from school into politics

the door came flush with the threshold

b. : with a flush edge, cover, margin, or joining

a line set flush

books cut flush

the timber butted flush with the masonry

VIII. verb

( -ed/-ing/-es )

Etymology: flush (VI)

transitive verb

: to make, set, or trim flush

flush all exposed joints in the wall

often desirable to flush a mounted stereotype

flush all headings on the next three pages

intransitive verb

: float 6

IX. noun

( -es )

Etymology: Middle French flus, fluz, from Latin fluxus flow — more at flux

1. : a hand of playing cards all of the same suit: as

a. : a poker hand with all five cards of the same suit but not in sequence — see straight flush; poker illustration

b. : the five highest cards of the trump suit in pinochle scoring 150 points when melded

2. or flush gate : a series of three or more slalom gates set vertically on a slope

X. adjective

Etymology: probably alteration of fledge (I)

archaic : fledged

XI. intransitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-es )

Etymology: perhaps irregular of frush (II)

1. of a stone in a wall : to break away at the edges through excess loading

2. of mortar : to become forced out to or from the joints through pressure

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