Pronunciation: (flō), [key]
1. to move along in a stream: The river flowed slowly to the sea.
2. to circulate: blood flowing through one's veins.
3. to stream or well forth: Warmth flows from the sun.
4. to issue or proceed from a source: Orders flowed from the office.
5. to menstruate.
6. to come or go as in a stream: A constant stream of humanity flowed by.
7. to proceed continuously and smoothly: Melody flowed from the violin.
8. to hang loosely at full length: Her hair flowed over her shoulders.
9. to abound in something: The tavern flowed with wine.
10. to rise and advance, as the tide (opposed to ebb).

1. to cause or permit to flow: to flow paint on a wall before brushing.
2. to cover with water or other liquid; flood.

1. an act of flowing.
2. movement in or as if in a stream.
3. the rate of flowing.
4. the volume of fluid that flows through a passage of any given section during a unit of time: Oil flow of the well was 500 barrels a day.
5. something that flows; stream.
6. an outpouring or discharge of something, as in a stream: a flow of blood.
7. menstruation.
8. an overflowing; flood.
9. the rise of the tide (opposed to ebb).
10. distortion of a metal object under continuous service at high temperature.
11. Physics.the transference of energy: heat flow.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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