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Flourish vs. Flower

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Flourishverb

(intransitive) To thrive or grow well.

‘The barley flourished in the warm weather.’;

Flowernoun

A colorful, conspicuous structure associated with angiosperms, frequently scented and attracting various insects, and which may or may not be used for sexual reproduction.

Flourishverb

(intransitive) To prosper or fare well.

‘The town flourished with the coming of the railway.’; ‘The cooperation flourished as the customers rushed in the business.’;

Flowernoun

(botany) A reproductive structure in angiosperms (flowering plants), often conspicuously colourful and typically including sepals, petals, and either or both stamens and/or a pistil.

Flourishverb

(intransitive) To be in a period of greatest influence.

‘His writing flourished before the war.’;

Flowernoun

A plant that bears flowers, especially a plant that is small and lacks wood.

‘We transplanted the flowers to a larger pot.’;

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Flourishverb

(transitive) To develop; to make thrive; to expand.

Flowernoun

(usually with in) Of plants, a state of bearing blooms.

‘The dogwoods are in flower this week.’;

Flourishverb

(transitive) To make bold, sweeping movements with.

‘They flourished the banner as they stormed the palace.’;

Flowernoun

The vulva, especially the labia majora.

Flourishverb

(intransitive) To make bold and sweeping, fanciful, or wanton movements, by way of ornament, parade, bravado, etc.; to play with fantastic and irregular motion.

Flowernoun

(idiomatic) The best examples or representatives of a group.

‘We selected the flower of the applicants.’;

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Flourishverb

(intransitive) To use florid language; to indulge in rhetorical figures and lofty expressions.

Flowernoun

The best state of things; the prime.

‘She was in the flower of her life.’;

Flourishverb

(intransitive) To make ornamental strokes with the pen; to write graceful, decorative figures.

Flowernoun

(obsolete) Flour.

Flourishverb

(transitive) To adorn with beautiful figures or rhetoric; to ornament with anything showy; to embellish.

Flowernoun

A substance in the form of a powder, especially when condensed from sublimation.

‘the flowers of sulphur’;

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Flourishverb

(intransitive) To execute an irregular or fanciful strain of music, by way of ornament or prelude.

Flowernoun

A figure of speech; an ornament of style.

Flourishverb

To boast; to vaunt; to brag.

Flowernoun

(printing) Ornamental type used chiefly for borders around pages, cards, etc.

Flourishnoun

A dramatic gesture such as the waving of a flag.

‘With many flourishes of the captured banner, they marched down the avenue.’;

Flowernoun

(in the plural) Menstrual discharges.

Flourishnoun

An ornamentation.

‘His signature ended with a flourish.’;

Flowernoun

(rare) Something that flows, such as a river.

Flourishnoun

(music) A ceremonious passage such as a fanfare.

‘The trumpets blew a flourish as they entered the church.’;

Flowerverb

To put forth blooms.

‘This plant flowers in June.’;

Flourishnoun

(architecture) A decorative embellishment on a building.

Flowerverb

To decorate with pictures of flowers.

Flourishverb

To grow luxuriantly; to increase and enlarge, as a healthy growing plant; a thrive.

‘A tree thrives and flourishes in a kindly . . . soil.’;

Flowerverb

To reach a state of full development or achievement.

Flourishverb

To be prosperous; to increase in wealth, honor, comfort, happiness, or whatever is desirable; to thrive; to be prominent and influental; specifically, of authors, painters, etc., to be in a state of activity or production.

‘When all the workers of iniquity do flourish.’; ‘Bad men as frequently prosper and flourish, and that by the means of their wickedness.’; ‘We sayOf those that held their heads above the crowd,They flourished then or then.’;

Flowerverb

To froth; to ferment gently, as new beer.

Flourishverb

To use florid language; to indulge in rhetorical figures and lofty expressions; to be flowery.

‘They dilate . . . and flourish long on little incidents.’;

Flowerverb

To come off as flowers by sublimation.

Flourishverb

To make bold and sweeping, fanciful, or wanton movements, by way of ornament, parade, bravado, etc.; to play with fantastic and irregular motion.

‘Impetuous spreadThe stream, and smoking flourished o'er his head.’;

Flowernoun

In the popular sense, the bloom or blossom of a plant; the showy portion, usually of a different color, shape, and texture from the foliage.

Flourishverb

To make ornamental strokes with the pen; to write graceful, decorative figures.

Flowernoun

That part of a plant destined to produce seed, and hence including one or both of the sexual organs; an organ or combination of the organs of reproduction, whether inclosed by a circle of foliar parts or not. A complete flower consists of two essential parts, the stamens and the pistil, and two floral envelopes, the corolla and callyx. In mosses the flowers consist of a few special leaves surrounding or subtending organs called archegonia. See Blossom, and Corolla.

Flourishverb

To execute an irregular or fanciful strain of music, by way of ornament or prelude.

‘Why do the emperor's trumpets flourish thus?’;

Flowernoun

The fairest, freshest, and choicest part of anything; as, the flower of an army, or of a family; the state or time of freshness and bloom; as, the flower of life, that is, youth.

‘The choice and flower of all things profitable the Psalms do more briefly contain.’; ‘The flower of the chivalry of all Spain.’; ‘A simple maiden in her flowerIs worth a hundred coats of arms.’;

Flourishverb

To boast; to vaunt; to brag.

Flowernoun

Grain pulverized; meal; flour.

‘The flowers of grains, mixed with water, will make a sort of glue.’;

Flourishverb

To adorn with flowers orbeautiful figures, either natural or artificial; to ornament with anything showy; to embellish.

Flowernoun

A substance in the form of a powder, especially when condensed from sublimation; as, the flowers of sulphur.

Flourishverb

To embellish with the flowers of diction; to adorn with rhetorical figures; to grace with ostentatious eloquence; to set off with a parade of words.

‘Sith that the justice of your title to himDoth flourish the deceit.’;

Flowernoun

A figure of speech; an ornament of style.

Flourishverb

To move in bold or irregular figures; to swing about in circles or vibrations by way of show or triumph; to brandish.

‘And flourishes his blade in spite of me.’;

Flowernoun

Ornamental type used chiefly for borders around pages, cards, etc.

Flourishverb

To develop; to make thrive; to expand.

‘Bottoms of thread . . . which with a good needle, perhaps may be flourished into large works.’;

Flowernoun

Menstrual discharges.

Flourishnoun

A flourishing condition; prosperity; vigor.

‘The Roman monarchy, in her highest flourish, never had the like.’;

Flowerverb

To blossom; to bloom; to expand the petals, as a plant; to produce flowers; as, this plant flowers in June.

Flourishnoun

Decoration; ornament; beauty.

‘The flourish of his sober youthWas the pride of naked truth.’;

Flowerverb

To come into the finest or fairest condition.

‘Their lusty and flowering age.’; ‘When flowered my youthful spring.’;

Flourishnoun

Something made or performed in a fanciful, wanton, or vaunting manner, by way of ostentation, to excite admiration, etc.; ostentatious embellishment; ambitious copiousness or amplification; parade of words and figures; show; as, a flourish of rhetoric or of wit.

‘He lards with flourishes his long harangue.’;

Flowerverb

To froth; to ferment gently, as new beer.

‘That beer did flower a little.’;

Flourishnoun

A fanciful stroke of the pen or graver; a merely decorative figure.

‘The neat characters and flourishes of a Bible curiously printed.’;

Flowerverb

To come off as flowers by sublimation.

‘Observations which have flowered off.’;

Flourishnoun

A fantastic or decorative musical passage; a strain of triumph or bravado, not forming part of a regular musical composition; a cal; a fanfare.

‘A flourish, trumpets! strike alarum, drums!’;

Flowerverb

To embellish with flowers; to adorn with imitated flowers; as, flowered silk.

Flourishnoun

The waving of a weapon or other thing; a brandishing; as, the flourish of a sword.

Flowernoun

a plant cultivated for its blooms or blossoms

Flourishnoun

a showy gesture;

‘she entered with a great flourish’;

Flowernoun

reproductive organ of angiosperm plants especially one having showy or colorful parts

Flourishnoun

an ornamental embellishment in writing

Flowernoun

the period of greatest prosperity or productivity

Flourishnoun

a display of ornamental speech or language

Flowerverb

produce or yield flowers;

‘The cherry tree bloomed’;

Flourishnoun

the act of waving

Flower

A flower, sometimes known as a bloom or blossom, is the reproductive structure found in flowering plants (plants of the division Magnoliophyta, also called angiosperms). The biological function of a flower is to facilitate reproduction, usually by providing a mechanism for the union of sperm with eggs.

Flourishnoun

(music) a short lively tune played on brass instruments;

‘he entered to a flourish of trumpets’; ‘her arrival was greeted with a rousing fanfare’;

Flourishverb

grow stronger;

‘The economy was booming’;

Flourishverb

gain in wealth

Flourishverb

move or swing back and forth;

‘She waved her gun’;

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