flow /ˈflo/ 不及物動詞
Flow obs. imp. sing. of Fly, v. i.
Flow v. i. [imp. & p. p. Flowed p. pr. & vb. n. Flowing.]
1. To move with a continual change of place among the particles or parts, as a fluid; to change place or circulate, as a liquid; as, rivers flow from springs and lakes; tears flow from the eyes.
2. To become liquid; to melt.
The mountains flowed down at thy presence. --Is. lxiv. 3.
3. To proceed; to issue forth; as, wealth flows from industry and economy.
Those thousand decencies that daily flow
From all her words and actions. --Milton.
4. To glide along smoothly, without harshness or asperties; as, a flowing period; flowing numbers; to sound smoothly to the ear; to be uttered easily.
Virgil is sweet and flowingin his hexameters. --Dryden.
5. 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 flow with milk. --Joel iii. 18.
The exhilaration of a night that needed not the influence of the flowing bowl. --Prof. Wilson.
6. To hang loose and waving; as, a flowing mantle; flowing locks.
The imperial purple flowing in his train. --A. Hamilton.
7. To rise, as the tide; -- opposed to ebb; as, the tide flows twice in twenty-four hours.
The river hath thrice flowed, no ebb between. --Shak.
8. To discharge blood in excess from the uterus.
Flow, v. t.
1. To cover with water or other liquid; to overflow; to inundate; to flood.
2. To cover with varnish.
1. A stream of water or other fluid; a current; as, a flow of water; a flow of blood.
2. A continuous movement of something abundant; as, a flow of words.
3. 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 flow of soul. --Pope.
4. The tidal setting in of the water from the ocean to the shore. See Ebb and flow, under Ebb.
5. A low-lying piece of watery land; -- called also flow moss and flow bog. [Scot.]
n 1: the motion characteristic of fluids (liquids or gases) [syn:
2: the amount of fluid that flows in a given time [syn: flow
rate, rate of flow]
3: the act of flowing or streaming; continuous progression
4: any uninterrupted stream or discharge
5: something that resembles a flowing stream in moving
continuously; "a stream of people emptied from the
terminal"; "the museum had planned carefully for the flow
of visitors" [syn: stream]
6: dominant course (suggestive of running water) of successive
events or ideas; "two streams of development run through
American history"; "stream of consciousness"; "the flow of
thought"; "the current of history" [syn: stream, current]
7: the monthly discharge of blood from the uterus of
nonpregnant women from puberty to menopause; "the women
were sickly and subject to excessive menstruation"; "a
woman does not take the gout unless her menses be
stopped"--Hippocrates; "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"--Aristotle [syn: menstruation,
menses, menstruum, catamenia, period]
v 1: move or progress freely as if in a stream; "The crowd flowed
out of the stadium" [syn: flux]
2: move along, of liquids; "Water flowed into the cave"; "the
Missouri feeds into the Mississippi" [syn: run, feed,
3: cause to flow; "The artist flowed the washes on the paper"
4: be abundantly present; "The champagne flowed at the wedding"
5: fall or flow in a certain way; "This dress hangs well"; "Her
long black hair flowed down her back" [syn: hang, fall]
6: cover or swamp with water
7: undergo menstruation; "She started menstruating at the age
of 11" [syn: menstruate]