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flow

flow

 
 
pronunciation:
flo
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, noun
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: flowed, flowing, flows
definition 1: to move steadily and easily like a stream.
The river flows to the sea.The water flowed down the drain.Sand flowed through her fingers.
synonyms:
glide, roll, run, stream
antonyms:
stagnate
similar words:
cascade, course, move, ripple, slip, wash
definition 2: to circulate.
Blood flows through the veins and arteries.
synonyms:
circulate, run
similar words:
issue, move, roll
definition 3: to move smoothly, gracefully, or without interruption, as music, conversation, dance, or thought.
The conversation flowed more smoothly once they had sat down to dinner.The beautiful music flowed over the audience.Images of her flowed through his mind, and he was unable to sleep.
synonyms:
float, glide, roll, run, stream
similar words:
drift, move
definition 4: to proceed or pour forth from a source.
The grain then flows into the bin.Criticism flowed from the director.
synonyms:
issue, run, stream
antonyms:
ebb
similar words:
course, effuse, emanate, exude, gush, pour, proceed, roll, spout, surge
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the continuous movement characteristic of liquids.
The dam controls the river's flow.
synonyms:
current, flux, stream
similar words:
effluence, flush, ripple, surge, undulation, wash, wave
definition 2: a stream or series of things, ideas, or events; steady progression.
The flow of traffic has been hindered by the construction project.The flow of ideas from the West could not be stopped.The child got separated from his mother in the flow of shoppers entering the store.
synonyms:
run, stream
similar words:
cascade, current, effusion, flood, march, procession, progression, roll, torrent
definition 3: the rate at which something flows.
They're measuring the flow of traffic over this stretch of highway.
similar words:
flux, outflow
definition 4: a smooth, steady outpouring or expansion, such as a tide or steady bleeding.
Apply strong pressure to stop the flow of blood from the wound.
synonyms:
effusion, issue, outflow, outpouring, tide
antonyms:
ebb
similar words:
flood, pour, rush
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derivation: flowing (adj.)
Homophone Note
The words flow and floe sound alike but have different meanings. To find out why a floe might flow on a hot summer day, look up floe.
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