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English noun: flow

1. flow (event) the motion characteristic of fluids (liquids or gases)


Synonymsflowing


Broader (hypernym)change of location, travel


Narrower (hyponym)air flow, airflow, backflow, backflowing, current, discharge, dribble, drip, drippage, dripping, ebb, emission, flow of air, flush, flux, fluxion, fountain, freshet, gush, jet, ooze, oozing, outpouring, outpouring, overflow, overspill, reflux, run, runoff, rush, seepage, spate, spate, stream, surge, trickle, upsurge

2. flow (time) the amount of fluid that flows in a given time


Synonymsflow rate, rate of flow


Broader (hypernym)rate


Narrower (hyponym)cardiac output

3. flow (act) the act of flowing or streaming; continuous progression


Synonymsstream


Broader (hypernym)motion, move, movement


Narrower (hyponym)flood, outpouring, overflow, release, spill, spillage

4. flow (process) any uninterrupted stream or discharge


Broader (hypernym)action, activity, natural action, natural process


Narrower (hyponym)airstream, backwash, effluence, efflux, filling, flowage, inflow, influx, outflow, race, slipstream, streamline flow, turbulent flow, wash

5. flow (state) something that resembles a flowing stream in moving continuously


SamplesA stream of people emptied from the terminal.
The museum had planned carefully for the flow of visitors.


Synonymsstream


Broader (hypernym)motion

6. flow (group) dominant course (suggestive of running water) of successive events or ideas


SamplesTwo streams of development run through American history.
Stream of consciousness.
The flow of thought.
The current of history.


Synonymscurrent, stream


Broader (hypernym)course, line

7. flow (process) the monthly discharge of blood from the uterus of nonpregnant women from puberty to menopause


SamplesThe women were sickly and subject to excessive menstruation.
A woman does not take the gout unless her menses be stopped.
The semen begins to appear in males and to be emitted at the same time of life that the catamenia begin to flow in females.


Synonymscatamenia, menses, menstruation, menstruum, period


Broader (hypernym)discharge, emission, expelling


Narrower (hyponym)hypermenorrhea, menorrhagia, oligomenorrhea


English verb: flow

1. flow (motion) move or progress freely as if in a stream


SamplesThe crowd flowed out of the stadium.


Synonymsflux


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP


Broader (hypernym)move


Narrower (hyponym)cockle, riffle, ripple, ruffle, transpirate, transpire, undulate

2. flow (motion) move along, of liquids


SamplesWater flowed into the cave.
The Missouri feeds into the Mississippi.


ExamplesWater and oil flow into the bowl


Synonymscourse, feed, run


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP


Broader (hypernym)move


Narrower (hyponym)circulate, drain, dribble, eddy, filter, flush, gush, gutter, jet, ooze, pour, purl, run down, run off, run out, run out, seep, spill, stream, surge, swirl, tide, trickle, waste, well out, whirl, whirlpool

3. flow (motion) cause to flow


SamplesThe artist flowed the washes on the paper.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Causecourse, feed, flow, run

4. flow (stative) be abundantly present


SamplesThe champagne flowed at the wedding.


Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP


Broader (hypernym)be, exist

5. flow (contact) fall or flow in a certain way


SamplesThis dress hangs well.
Her long black hair flowed down her back.


Synonymsfall, hang


Pattern of useSomething ----s Adjective/Noun

6. flow (change) cover or swamp with water


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)flood


Narrower (hyponym)lap, lave, wash

7. flow (body) undergo menstruation


SamplesShe started menstruating at the age of 11.


Synonymsmenstruate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)bleed, hemorrhage, shed blood


Entailovulate









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