Webster 1913 Edition
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
flōwan; akin to D.
flawento wash, Icel.
flōato deluge, Gr.
πλώεινto float, sail, and prob. ultimately to E.
fleet. √80. Cf.
To move with a continual change of place among the particles or parts, as a fluid; to change place or circulate, as a liquid;
flowfrom springs and lakes; tears
flowfrom the eyes.
To become liquid; to melt.
floweddown at thy presence.
Is. lxiv. 3.
To proceed; to issue forth;
flowsfrom industry and economy
Those thousand decencies that daily
From all her words and actions.
From all her words and actions.
To glide along smoothly, without harshness or asperties;
as, a; to sound smoothly to the ear; to be uttered easily.
Virgil is sweet and
flowingin his hexameters.
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
Joel iii. 18.
The exhilaration of a night that needed not the influence of the
To hang loose and waving;
The imperial purple
flowingin his train.
To rise, as the tide; – opposed to ebb;
as, the tide.
flowstwice in twenty-four hours
The river hath thrice
flowed, no ebb between.
To discharge blood in excess from the uterus.
To cover with water or other liquid; to overflow; to inundate; to flood.
To cover with varnish.
A stream of water or other fluid; a current;
flowof water; a
A continuous movement of something abundant;
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
The tidal setting in of the water from the ocean to the shore. See
Ebb and flow, under
A low-lying piece of watery land; – called also
Webster 1828 Edition
1.To move along an inclined plane, or on descending ground, by the operation of gravity, and with a continual change of place among the particles or parts, as a fluid. A solid body descends or moves in mass, as a ball or a wheel; but in the flowing of liquid substances, and others consisting of very fine particles, there is a constant change of the relative position of some parts of the substance, as in the case with a stream of water, of quicksilver, and of sand. Particles at the bottom and sides of the stream, being somewhat checked by friction, move slower than those in the middle and near the surface of the current. Rivers flow from springs and lakes; tears flow from the eyes.
2.To melt; to become liquid.
That the mountains might flow down at they presence.
3.To proceed; to issue. Evils flow from different sources. Wealth flows from industry and economy. All our blessings flow from divine bounty
4.To abound; to have in abundance.
In that day the mountains shall drop down new wine, and the hills shall flow with milk. Joel 3.
5.To be full; to be copious; as flowing cups or goblets.
6.To glide along smoothly, without harshness or asperity; as a flowing period; flowing numbers.
7.To be smooth, as composition or utterance. The orator has a flowing tongue.
Virgil is sweet and flowing in his hexameters.
8.To hang loose and waving; as a flowing mantle; flowing locks.
The imperial purple flowing in his train.
9.To rise, as the tide; opposed to ebb. The tide flows twice in twenty four hours.
10.To move in the arteries and veins of the body; to circulate, as blood.
11.To issue, as rays or beams of light.
Light flows from the sun.
12.To move in a stream, as air.