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·ing, a. That flows or for flowing (in various sense of the verb); gliding along smoothly; copious.
Flowing battery Elec., a battery which is kept constant by the flowing of the exciting liquid through the cell or cells. --Knight.
Flowing furnace, a furnace from which molten metal, can be drawn, as through a tap hole; a foundry cupola.
Flowing sheet Naut., a sheet when eased off, or loosened to the wind, as when the wind is abaft the beam.
Flow·ing a. & n. from Flow, v. i. & t.
adj 1: smooth and unconstrained in movement; "a long, smooth
stride"; "the fluid motion of a cat"; "the liquid
grace of a ballerina"; "liquid prose" [syn: fluent,
fluid, liquid, smooth]
2: (of water) rising to the surface under internal hydrostatic
pressure; "an artesian well"; "artesian pressure" [syn: artesian]
3: moving smoothly and continuously; "crowds flowing through
the canyons of the streets"; "fan streaming into the
concert hall" [syn: streaming]
4: (of liquids) moving freely; "a flowing brook" [syn: streaming]
n : the motion characteristic of fluids (liquids or gases) [syn: