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[n] the act of flowing or streaming; continuous progression
[n] the motion characteristic of fluids (liquids or gases)
[n] dominant course (suggestive of running water) of successive events or ideas; "two streams of development run through American history"; "stream of consciousness"; "the flow of thought"; "the current of history"
[n] any uninterrupted stream or discharge
[n] the monthly discharge of blood from the uterus of nonpregnant women from puberty to menopause; "the women were sickly and subject to excessive menstruation"; "a woman does not take the gout unless her menses be stopped"--Hippocrates; "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"--Aristotle
[n] something that resembles a flowing stream in moving continuously; "a stream of people emptied from the terminal"; "the museum had planned carefully for the flow of visitors"
[n] the amount of fluid that flows in a given time
[v] undergo menstruation; "She started menstruating at the age of 11"
[v] cover or swamp with water
[v] fall or flow in a certain way; "This dress hangs well"; "Her long black hair flowed down her back"
[v] move or progress freely as if in a stream; "The crowd flowed out of the stadium"
[v] move along, of liquids; "Water flowed into the cave"
[v] cause to flow; "The artist flowed the washes on the paper"
[v] be abundantly present; "The champagne flowed at the wedding"

Misc. Definitions

\Flow\ (fl[=o]), obs. imp. sing. of {Fly}, v. i. --Chaucer.
\Flow\ (fl[=o]), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Flowed} (fl[=o]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Flowing}.] [AS. fl[=o]wan; akin to D. vloeijen, OHG. flawen to wash, Icel. fl[=o]a to deluge, Gr. plw`ein to float, sail, and prob. ultimately to E. float, fleet. [root]80. Cf. {Flood}.]
1. To move with a continual change of place among the particles or parts, as a fluid; to change place or circulate, as a liquid; as, rivers flow from springs and lakes; tears flow from the eyes.
2. To become liquid; to melt. The mountains flowed down at thy presence. --Is. lxiv.
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3. To proceed; to issue forth; as, wealth flows from industry and economy. Those thousand decencies that daily flow From all her words and actions. --Milton.
4. To glide along smoothly, without harshness or asperties; as, a flowing period; flowing numbers; to sound smoothly to the ear; to be uttered easily. Virgil is sweet and flowingin his hexameters. --Dryden.
5. To have or be in abundance; to abound; to full, so as to run or flow over; to be copious. In that day . . . the hills shall flow with milk. --Joel iii. 1
8. The exhilaration of a night that needed not the influence of the flowing bowl. --Prof. Wilson.
6. To hang loose and waving; as, a flowing mantle; flowing locks. The imperial purple flowing in his train. --A. Hamilton.
7. To rise, as the tide; -- opposed to ebb; as, the tide flows twice in twenty-four hours. The river hath thrice flowed, no ebb between. --Shak.
8. To discharge blood in excess from the uterus.
\Flow\, v. t.
1. To cover with water or other liquid; to overflow; to inundate; to flood.
2. To cover with varnish.
\Flow\, n.
1. A stream of water or other fluid; a current; as, a flow of water; a flow of blood.
2. A continuous movement of something abundant; as, a flow of words.
3. Any gentle, gradual movement or procedure of thought, diction, music, or the like, resembling the quiet, steady movement of a river; a stream. The feast of reason and the flow of soul. --Pope.
4. The tidal setting in of the water from the ocean to the shore. See {Ebb and flow}, under {Ebb}.
5. A low-lying piece of watery land; -- called also {flow moss} and {flow bog}. [Scot.] --Jamieson.

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