To move along, as water or other fluid, in a continuous succession or stream, by the force either of gravity or of impulse upon individual particles or parts; move in a current; stream; run: as, the river flows northward; venous blood flows from the extremities to the heart; the crowd flowed in a steady stream toward the point of attraction.Hence To proceed; issue; well forth: as, wealth flows from industry and economy.To abound; have or be in abundance; be full: as, flowing cups or goblets.To glide smoothly, without harshness or dissonance: as, a flowing period; flowing numbers.To hang loose and waving: as, flowing skirts; flowing locks.To rise, as the tide: opposed to ebb: as, the tide ebbs and flows twice in twenty-four hours.To discharge blood, as in the catamenia or after childbirth.In ceramics, to work or blend freely: said of a glaze.To cover with water; overflow; inundate: as, the low grounds along the river aro annually flowed.To carry down in a current: said of water in a river.To cover with any liquid, as varnish or glaze, by causing it to flow over the surface.In founding, to permit (the molten metal) to flow through the mold long enough to carry off all air and foreign matter, in order to insure a casting free from bubbles and similar defects; run through.n. The act or state of flowing; a continuous passing or transmission, as of water or other fluid; movement in or as if in a current or stream: as, a flow of blood, oil, lava, or magnetism; the volume of flow in a river.n. That which flows, or results from flowing; a mass of matter moving or that has moved in a stream: as, to walk over a lava-flow.n. The rise of the tide: as, the daily ebb and flow.n. Any strong progressive movement, as of thought, language, trade, etc., comparable to the flow of a river; stream; current: as, a flow of eloquence; the flow of commodities toward a commercial center.n. Figuratively, abundant influx or efflux; copiousness in emission, communication, or reception.n. In mech., the volume of fluid which flows through a passage of any given section in a unit of time.n. In ceramics, the flux used to cause color to run and blend in firing.n. That part of an inclosed space, as a reservoir, along and from which a contained liquid is flowing.n. A marshy moor; a morass; a low-lying piece of watery land.n. A form of the obsolete preterit and past participle (flowen) of fly.Cold; windy; boisterous; bleak: as, flow weather.In the differential calculus, to enlarge (or diminish) continuously, that is, by infinitesimal increments (+ or —).n. A quicksand.