flour·ish /ˈflɝɪʃ, ˈflʌrɪʃ/
Flour·ish v. i. [imp. & p. p. Flourished p. pr. & vb. n. Flourishing.]
1. To grow luxuriantly; to increase and enlarge, as a healthy growing plant; a thrive.
A tree thrives and flourishes in a kindly . . . soil. --Bp. Horne.
2. To be prosperous; to increase in wealth, honor, comfort, happiness, or whatever is desirable; to thrive; to be prominent and influental; specifically, of authors, painters, etc., to be in a state of activity or production.
When all the workers of iniquity do flourish. --Ps. xcii 7
Bad men as frequently prosper and flourish, and that by the means of their wickedness. --Nelson.
Of those that held their heads above the crowd,
They flourished then or then. --Tennyson.
3. To use florid language; to indulge in rhetorical figures and lofty expressions; to be flowery.
They dilate . . . and flourish long on little incidents. --J. Watts.
4. To make bold and sweeping, fanciful, or wanton movements, by way of ornament, parade, bravado, etc.; to play with fantastic and irregular motion.
The stream, and smoking flourished o'er his head. --Pope.
5. To make ornamental strokes with the pen; to write graceful, decorative figures.
6. To execute an irregular or fanciful strain of music, by way of ornament or prelude.
Why do the emperor's trumpets flourish thus? --Shak.
7. To boast; to vaunt; to brag.
Flour·ish, v. t.
1. To adorn with flowers orbeautiful figures, either natural or artificial; to ornament with anything showy; to embellish. [Obs.]
2. To embellish with the flowers of diction; to adorn with rhetorical figures; to grace with ostentatious eloquence; to set off with a parade of words. [Obs.]
Sith that the justice of your title to him
Doth flourish the deceit. --Shak.
3. To move in bold or irregular figures; to swing about in circles or vibrations by way of show or triumph; to brandish.
And flourishes his blade in spite of me. --Shak.
4. To develop; to make thrive; to expand. [Obs.]
Bottoms of thread . . . which with a good needle, perhaps may be flourished into large works. --Bacon.
Flour·ish n.; pl. Flourishes
1. A flourishing condition; prosperity; vigor. [Archaic]
The Roman monarchy, in her highest flourish, never had the like. --Howell.
2. Decoration; ornament; beauty.
The flourish of his sober youth
Was the pride of naked truth. --Crashaw.
3. Something made or performed in a fanciful, wanton, or vaunting manner, by way of ostentation, to excite admiration, etc.; ostentatious embellishment; ambitious copiousness or amplification; parade of words and figures; show; as, a flourish of rhetoric or of wit.
He lards with flourishes his long harangue. --Dryden.
4. A fanciful stroke of the pen or graver; a merely decorative figure.
The neat characters and flourishes of a Bible curiously printed. --Boyle.
5. A fantastic or decorative musical passage; a strain of triumph or bravado, not forming part of a regular musical composition; a cal; a fanfare.
A flourish, trumpets! strike alarum, drums! --Shak.
6. The waving of a weapon or other thing; a brandishing; as, the flourish of a sword.
n 1: a showy gesture; "she entered with a great flourish"
2: an ornamental embellishment in writing
3: a display of ornamental speech or language
4: the act of waving [syn: brandish]
5: (music) a short lively tune played on brass instruments; "he
entered to a flourish of trumpets"; "her arrival was
greeted with a rousing fanfare" [syn: fanfare, tucket]
v 1: grow stronger; "The economy was booming" [syn: boom, prosper,
thrive, get ahead, expand]
2: gain in wealth [syn: thrive, prosper, fly high]
3: move or swing back and forth; "She waved her gun" [syn: brandish,