Flow - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |fləʊ|  American pronunciation of the word flow
Brit.  |fləʊ|  British pronunciation of the word flow


- the motion characteristic of fluids (liquids or gases) (syn: flowing)
- the amount of fluid that flows in a given time
- the act of flowing or streaming; continuous progression (syn: stream)
- any uninterrupted stream or discharge
- something that resembles a flowing stream in moving continuously (syn: stream)
the museum had planned carefully for the flow of visitors
- dominant course (suggestive of running water) of successive events or ideas (syn: current, stream)
the flow of thought
- the monthly discharge of blood from the uterus of nonpregnant women from puberty to menopause (syn: menses, menstruation, menstruum, period)
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


- move or progress freely as if in a stream (syn: flux)
The crowd flowed out of the stadium
- move along, of liquids (syn: course, feed, run)
Water flowed into the cave
- cause to flow
The artist flowed the washes on the paper
- be abundantly present
The champagne flowed at the wedding
- fall or flow in a certain way (syn: fall, hang)
Her long black hair flowed down her back
- cover or swamp with water
- undergo menstruation (syn: menstruate)

Extra examples

She opened the faucet and the water began to flow freely.

Traffic has been flowing smoothly from east to west.

The grain flowed smoothly down the elevator chute.

Requests have flowed into the office.

Money has continued to flow in.

The doctor was trying to stop the flow of blood.

We want to encourage the free flow of ideas.

We've been receiving a constant flow of phone calls.

The river flows from east to west.

Water flowed from the pipe.

Rivers flow into the sea.

All her complaints just flowed over him, leaving him quite unconcerned.

The tide ebbs and flows.

His tears flowed plentifully and bitterly.

The years flow away.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: flow
he/she/it: flows
present participle: flowing
past tense: flowed
past participle: flowed
singular: flow
plural: flows
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