Pronunciation: (flō),[key] —v.i. 1. to move along in a stream: The river flowed slowly to the sea. 2. to circulate: blood flowing through one's veins. 3. to stream or well forth: Warmth flows from the sun. 4. to issue or proceed from a source: Orders flowed from the office. 5. to menstruate.
6. to come or go as in a stream: A constant stream of humanity flowed by. 7. to proceed continuously and smoothly: Melody flowed from the violin. 8. to hang loosely at full length: Her hair flowed over her shoulders. 9. to abound in something: The tavern flowed with wine. 10. to rise and advance, as the tide (opposed to ebb).
—v.t. 1. to cause or permit to flow: to flow paint on a wall before brushing. 2. to cover with water or other liquid; flood.
—n. 1. an act of flowing.
2. movement in or as if in a stream.
3. the rate of flowing.
4. the volume of fluid that flows through a passage of any given section during a unit of time: Oil flow of the well was 500 barrels a day. 5. something that flows; stream.
6. an outpouring or discharge of something, as in a stream: a flow of blood. 7. menstruation.
8. an overflowing; flood.
9. the rise of the tide (opposed to ebb).
10. Mach.progressive distortion of a metal object under continuous service at high temperature.
11. Physics.the transference of energy: heat flow.