- 1(Of a fluid, gas, or electricity) move along or out steadily and continuously in a current or stream: from here the river flows north a cross-current of electricity seemed to flow between them ventilation channels keep the air flowingMore example sentences
- I feel like low voltage electricity is flowing through my blood, gentle convulsions rippling through my skin and muscle, as my body is making its own judgment of the situation.
- The external fuel tank, for instance, is full of oxygen and hydrogen cooled to - 400 F. to make the gases flow as liquids.
- I plug it in, set it, and as long as there is electricity flowing through power lines, it will run forever it seems.
- 1.1(Of the sea or a tidal river) move toward the land; rise. Compare with ebb.More example sentences
- It is in an intimate valley formed by a stream flowing into a tidal basin.
- Now the calm river flows between the backwaters and wooded bluffs in an oversized valley.
- The locals said that the backwaters flow in at different times each day.
- 2 [with adverbial of direction] Go from one place to another in a steady stream, typically in large numbers: the firm is hoping the orders will keep flowing inMore example sentences
- Last Thursday, a steady trickle of supporters flowed into the stadium shop to buy tickets for today's game against Rangers at Pittodrie.
- A steady stream of regulars too started flowing in, delighted at eating more, paying less.
- Other assistance and offers of help keep flowing in.
- 2.1(Of clothing or hair) hang loosely in an easy and graceful manner: her red hair flowed over her shouldersMore example sentences
- His long black hair covered his white feathered cape, and her long black hair flowed over her white deerskin dress.
- Her long blonde hair flowed over her shoulders and the tight black leather outfit showed off her aforementioned attributes quite well.
- Dark hair flowed over her shoulders, down to the small of her back.
- 2.2Proceed or be produced smoothly, continuously, and effortlessly: talk flowed freely around the tableMore example sentences
- Wa Luruli's film has a light touch and the story flows effortlessly.
- The names of roads, intersections, and neighbourhoods in several cities flow effortlessly from his mouth.
- Novels seemed to flow effortlessly out of him, including masterpieces such as Crome Yellow and Point Counter Point.
- 2.3Be available in copious quantities: their talk and laughter grew louder as the excellent brandy flowedMore example sentences
- Logically, all OEMs covet a piece of the prestige markets as that is where the money flows in great quantities.
- There is more information available, more information flowing.
- The production models are now flowing and available for purchase, and we were pleased to get one of the first production units available.
- 2.4 (flow from) Result from; be caused by: there are certain advantages that may flow from that decisionMore example sentences
- No breach of a Convention right has been alleged to arise as a result of the consequences flowing from the mistakes which were made in these cases.
- In our submission, that directly flows from the result of the decision in Lim.
- The principal point in issue flows from the fact that Braymist, the vendor, was not in existence at the time the agreement was signed.
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- 1 [in singular] The action or fact of moving along in a steady, continuous stream: the flow of water into the pondMore example sentences
- The tap was left running and the steady flow of water crept across the wooden floor.
- And so firefighters were at the ready with what they dubbed a foam attack, a steady flow of foam and water to blanket the blaze and hopefully smother it.
- Further reading turns up that a steady flow of water acted as a moderator for the reaction, keeping it at a low but steady burn in a sustained reaction.
- 1.1The rate or speed at which something flows: under the ford the river backs up, giving a deep sluggish flowMore example sentences
- At low shear rates, the flow can promote RBC aggregation, whereas, at higher shear rates it rather has a dispersing effect.
- The chemical composition of the gastric contents regulates the bulk emptying rate, the flow being slowed especially by lipids.
- But residents said that, in the meantime, the agency should dredge the river to speed up the flow and reduce the risks.
- 1.2The rise of a tide or a river. Compare with ebb.More example sentences
- They would not have had to worry about the river flow at all.
- They will also use the tide flow to kite away from you.
- Remember that the ray will use their width broadside against the tide during the fight and you need the power to drag them back against the tide flow.
- 2A steady, continuous stream of something: she eased the car into the flow of trafficMore example sentences
- His intensity is constant, the flow of words an eternal torrent.
- In the staging area of an overseas theater of operations, the flow of supplies competes with the flow of vehicles to add to congestion and confusion.
- In wartime, the amount of stocks in any area might be affected by air raid damage, or the flow of supplies might be reduced temporarily by transport difficulties.
- 3The gradual permanent deformation of a solid under stress, without melting.More example sentences
- Analysis of seismic waves show that the material that makes up the mantle behaves as a plastic - a substance with the properties of a solid but flows under pressure.
- It involves the application of a compressive stress, which exceeds the flow stress of the metal.
- As the degree of dynamic recovery increases, the hot flow stress decreases and the ductility increases.
go with the flow
- • informal Be relaxed and accept a situation, rather than trying to alter or control it.More example sentences
- I've also done taking it easy and letting ‘my career’, such as it is, just kind of drift along, out of my control, going with the flow in a who-knows-what's around-the-corner kind of way.
- So, it's far better to go with the flow, or rather the crawl.
- It wouldn't be much of a movie if the main character simply went with the flow and accepted life's choices.
in full flow
- Talking fluently and easily and showing no sign of stopping.More example sentences
- He is a reserved man and in any case, G.P. in full flow took some stopping.
- I've been craving WORDS all day and now I'm in full flow; there is apparently no stopping me.
- Performing vigorously and enthusiastically: Richardson was run out when he was in full flowMore example sentences
- Expect Pat and the lads to be in full flow performing a wide range of songs for dancing, including their popular hit, The Old Timers' Waltz.
- Intercut are preparations for a mission, footage of jets whooshing off and flying in, the guys taking time out in the rec room, praying, at one point, even with a full gospel service in full flow.
- The performer in Rachel is in full flow in Cosi Fan Tutte after a difficult opening night.
Old English flōwan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch vloeien, also to flood.