flux /ˈfləks/ 名詞
1. The act of flowing; a continuous moving on or passing by, as of a flowing stream; constant succession; change.
By the perpetual flux of the liquids, a great part of them is thrown out of the body. --Arbuthnot.
Her image has escaped the flux of things,
And that same infant beauty that she wore
Is fixed upon her now forevermore. --Trench.
Languages, like our bodies, are in a continual flux. --Felton.
2. The setting in of the tide toward the shore, -- the ebb being called the reflux.
3. The state of being liquid through heat; fusion.
4. Chem. & Metal. Any substance or mixture used to promote the fusion of metals or minerals, as alkalies, borax, lime, fluorite.
Note: ☞ White flux is the residuum of the combustion of a mixture of equal parts of niter and tartar. It consists chiefly of the carbonate of potassium, and is white. -- Black flux is the ressiduum of the combustion of one part of niter and two of tartar, and consists essentially of a mixture of potassium carbonate and charcoal.
5. Med. (a) A fluid discharge from the bowels or other part; especially, an excessive and morbid discharge; as, the bloody flux or dysentery. See Bloody flux. (b) The matter thus discharged.
6. Physics The quantity of a fluid that crosses a unit area of a given surface in a unit of time.
Flux, a. Flowing; unstable; inconstant; variable.
The flux nature of all things here. --Barrow.
Flux, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Fluxed p. pr. & vb. n. Fluxing.]
1. To affect, or bring to a certain state, by flux.
He might fashionably and genteelly . . . have been dueled or
fluxed into another world. --South.
2. To cause to become fluid; to fuse.
3. Med. To cause a discharge from; to purge.
n 1: the rate of flow of energy or particles across a given
2: a flow or discharge [syn: fluxion]
3: a substance added to molten metals to bond with impurities
that can then be readily removed
4: excessive discharge of liquid from a cavity or organ (as in
5: a state of uncertainty about what should be done (usually
following some important event) preceding the
establishment of a new direction of action; "the flux
following the death of the emperor" [syn: state of flux]
6: the lines of force surrounding a permanent magnet or a
moving charged particle [syn: magnetic field, magnetic
7: (physics) the number of flux changes per unit area [syn: flux
8: in constant change; "his opinions are in flux"; "the newness
and flux of the computer industry"
v 1: move or progress freely as if in a stream; "The crowd flowed
out of the stadium" [syn: flow]
2: become liquid or fluid when heated; "the frozen fat
liquefied" [syn: liquefy, liquify]
3: mix together different elements; "The colors blend well"
[syn: blend, mix, conflate, commingle, immix, fuse,
coalesce, meld, combine, merge]