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English noun: flow

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


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


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.


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.


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.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)bleed, hemorrhage, shed blood


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