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flow

1. the advancing of the tide
2. a stream of molten or solidified lava
3. an informal word for menstruation
4. Scot
a. a marsh or swamp
b. an inlet or basin of the sea

flow

[flō]
(computer science)
The sequence in which events take place or operations are carried out.
(engineering)
A forward movement in a continuous stream or sequence of fluids or discrete objects or materials, as in a continuous chemical process or solids-conveying or production-line operations.
(fluid mechanics)
The forward continuous movement of a fluid, such as gases, vapors, or liquids, through closed or open channels or conduits.
(geology)
Any rock deformation that is not instantly recoverable without permanent loss of cohesion. Also known as flowage; rock flowage.
(mathematics)
A function from the set of arcs in an s-t network to the nonnegative integers whose value at each arc is equal to or less than the weight of the arc.
(physics)
The movement of electric charges, gases, liquids, or other materials or quantities.

flow

1. See cold flow.
2. A measure of the consistency of freshly mixed concrete, mortar, or cement paste in terms of the increase in diameter of a molded truncated-cone specimen after jigging a specified number of times.
3. That characteristic of a paint which enables it to form a uniform, smooth surface without showing brush marks or other evidence of the method of application.

flow

A stream or movement of air or other fluid, or the rate of fluid movement, in the open or in a duct, pipe, or passage—specifically, airflow.

Flow

(tool)
A companion utility to Floppy by Julian James Bunn <julian@vxcrna.cxern.ch>. Flow allows the user to produce various reports on the structure of Fortran 77 code, such as flow diagrams and common block tables. It runs under VMS, Unix, CMS.

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References in classic literature ?
The river narrowed and flowed sluggishly between the banks which were luxuriant with tropical growth.
A confluent small-pox had in all directions flowed over his face, and left it like the complicated ribbed bed of a torrent, when the rushing waters have been dried up.
Stubb was beginning to look disappointed, especially as the horrible nosegay increased, when suddenly from out the very heart of this plague, there stole a faint stream of perfume, which flowed through the tide of bad smells without being absorbed by it, as one river will flow into and then along with another, without at all blending with it for a time.
Clare began to drop off those gallantries and small attentions which flowed at first through the habitude of courtship, he found his sultana no way ready to resign her slave; there were abundance of tears, poutings, and small tempests, there were discontents, pinings, upbraidings.
He tied some metal mugs to a dog's tail and turned him loose, and he tore around and around the place in a frenzy of fright, with all the other dogs bellowing after him and battering and crashing against everything that came in their way and making altogether a chaos of confusion and a most deafening din and turmoil; at which every man and woman of the multitude laughed till the tears flowed, and some fell out of their chairs and wallowed on the floor in ecstasy.
At some very remote period the Valley of Aosta was occupied by a vast glacier, which flowed down its entire length from Mont Blanc to the plain of Piedmont, remained stationary, or nearly so, at its mouth for many centuries, and deposited there enormous masses of debris.