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Flow vs. Fly

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Flownoun

A movement in people or things with a particular way in large numbers or amounts

Flynoun

(zoology) Any insect of the order Diptera; characterized by having two wings (except for some wingless species), also called true flies.

Flownoun

The movement of a real or figurative fluid.

Flynoun

(non-technical) Especially, any of the insects of the family Muscidae, such as the common housefly (other families of Diptera include mosquitoes and midges).

Flownoun

(math) A formalization of the idea of the motion of particles in a fluid, as a group action of the real numbers on a set.

‘The notion of flow is basic to the study of ordinary differential equations.’;

Flynoun

Any similar, but unrelated insect such as dragonfly or butterfly.

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Flownoun

The rising movement of the tide.

Flynoun

(fishing) A lightweight fishing lure resembling an insect.

Flownoun

Smoothness or continuity.

‘The room was small, but it had good symmetry and flow.’;

Flynoun

(weightlifting) A chest exercise performed by moving extended arms from the sides to in front of the chest. (also flye)

Flownoun

The amount of a fluid that moves or the rate of fluid movement.

‘Turn on the valve and make sure you have sufficient flow.’;

Flynoun

(obsolete) A witch's familiar.

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Flownoun

A flow pipe, carrying liquid away from a boiler or other central plant (compare with return pipe which returns fluid to central plant).

Flynoun

(obsolete) A parasite.

Flownoun

(psychology) A mental state characterized by concentration, focus and enjoyment of a given task.

Flynoun

(swimming) The butterfly stroke (plural is normally flys)

Flownoun

The emission of blood during menstruation.

‘Tampons can be small or large, slender or thick. From “slender” to “super”, you can pick the size that matches your flow.’;

Flynoun

A simple dance in which the hands are shaken in the air, popular in the 1960s.

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Flownoun

The ability to skilfully rap along to a beat.

‘The production on his new mixtape is mediocre but his flow is on point.’;

Flynoun

(obsolete) The action of flying; flight.

Flownoun

(Scotland) A morass or marsh.

Flynoun

An act of flying.

‘We had a quick half-hour fly back into the city.’; ‘There was a good wind, so I decided to give the kite a fly.’;

Flowverb

(intransitive) To move as a fluid from one position to another.

‘Rivers flow from springs and lakes.’; ‘Tears flow from the eyes.’;

Flynoun

(baseball) A fly ball.

Flowverb

(intransitive) To proceed; to issue forth.

‘Wealth flows from industry and economy.’;

Flynoun

A type of small, fast carriage (sometimes pluralised flys).

Flowverb

(intransitive) To move or match smoothly, gracefully, or continuously.

‘The writing is grammatically correct, but it just doesn't flow.’;

Flynoun

A piece of canvas that covers the opening at the front of a tent.

Flowverb

(intransitive) To have or be in abundance; to abound, so as to run or flow over.

Flynoun

(often plural) A strip of material (sometimes hiding zippers or buttons) at the front of a pair of trousers, pants, underpants, bootees, etc.

‘Ha-ha! Your flies are undone!’;

Flowverb

(intransitive) To hang loosely and wave.

‘a flowing mantle; flowing locks’;

Flynoun

The free edge of a flag.

Flowverb

(intransitive) To rise, as the tide; opposed to ebb.

‘The tide flows twice in twenty-four hours.’;

Flynoun

The horizontal length of a flag.

Flowverb

To arrange (text in a wordprocessor, etc.) so that it wraps neatly into a designated space; to reflow.

Flynoun

(weightlifting) An exercise that involves wide opening and closing of the arms perpendicular to the shoulders.

Flowverb

(transitive) To cover with water or other liquid; to overflow; to inundate; to flood.

Flynoun

The part of a vane pointing the direction from which the wind blows.

Flowverb

(transitive) To cover with varnish.

Flynoun

(nautical) That part of a compass on which the points are marked; the compass card.

Flowverb

(intransitive) To discharge excessive blood from the uterus.

Flynoun

Two or more vanes set on a revolving axis, to act as a fanner, or to equalize or impede the motion of machinery by the resistance of the air, as in the striking part of a clock.

Flow

imp. sing. of Fly, v. i.

Flynoun

A heavy wheel, or cross arms with weights at the ends on a revolving axis, to regulate or equalize the motion of machinery by means of its inertia, where the power communicated, or the resistance to be overcome, is variable, as in the steam engine or the coining press. See flywheel.

Flowverb

To move with a continual change of place among the particles or parts, as a fluid; to change place or circulate, as a liquid; as, rivers flow from springs and lakes; tears flow from the eyes.

Flynoun

(historical) A light horse-drawn carriage that can be hired for transportation.

Flowverb

To become liquid; to melt.

‘The mountains flowed down at thy presence.’;

Flynoun

In a knitting machine, the piece hinged to the needle, which holds the engaged loop in position while the needle is penetrating another loop; a latch.

Flowverb

To proceed; to issue forth; as, wealth flows from industry and economy.

‘Those thousand decencies that daily flowFrom all her words and actions.’;

Flynoun

The pair of arms revolving around the bobbin, in a spinning wheel or spinning frame, to twist the yarn.

Flowverb

To glide along smoothly, without harshness or asperties; as, a flowing period; flowing numbers; to sound smoothly to the ear; to be uttered easily.

‘Virgil is sweet and flowingin his hexameters.’;

Flynoun

(weaving) A shuttle driven through the shed by a blow or jerk.

Flowverb

To have or be in abundance; to abound; to full, so as to run or flow over; to be copious.

‘In that day . . . the hills shall flow with milk.’; ‘The exhilaration of a night that needed not the influence of the flowing bowl.’;

Flynoun

The person who took the printed sheets from the press.

Flowverb

To hang loose and waving; as, a flowing mantle; flowing locks.

‘The imperial purple flowing in his train.’;

Flynoun

A vibrating frame with fingers, attached to a power printing press for doing the same work.

Flowverb

To rise, as the tide; - opposed to ebb; as, the tide flows twice in twenty-four hours.

‘The river hath thrice flowed, no ebb between.’;

Flynoun

One of the upper screens of a stage in a theatre.

Flowverb

To discharge blood in excess from the uterus.

Flynoun

(cotton manufacture) waste cotton

Flowverb

To cover with water or other liquid; to overflow; to inundate; to flood.

Flynoun

A wing.

‘The bullet barely grazed the wild fowl's fly.’;

Flowverb

To cover with varnish.

Flyverb

(intransitive) To travel through the air, another gas, or a vacuum, without being in contact with a grounded surface.

‘Birds of passage fly to warmer regions as it gets colder in winter.’; ‘The Concorde flew from Paris to New York faster than any other passenger airplane.’; ‘It takes about eleven hours to fly from Frankfurt to Hongkong.’; ‘The little fairy flew home on the back of her friend, the giant eagle.’;

Flownoun

A stream of water or other fluid; a current; as, a flow of water; a flow of blood.

Flyverb

To flee, to escape (from).

‘Fly, my lord! The enemy are upon us!’;

Flownoun

A continuous movement of something abundant; as, a flow of words.

Flyverb

To cause to fly travel or float in the air: to transport via air or the like.

‘Charles Lindbergh flew his airplane The Spirit of St. Louis across the Atlantic ocean.’; ‘Why don’t you go outside and fly kites, kids? The wind is just perfect.’; ‘Birds fly their prey to their nest to feed it to their young.’; ‘Each day the post flies thousands of letters around the globe.’;

Flownoun

Any gentle, gradual movement or procedure of thought, diction, music, or the like, resembling the quiet, steady movement of a river; a stream.

‘The feast of reason and the flow of soul.’;

Flyverb

To be accepted, come about or work out.

‘Let's see if that idea flies.’; ‘You know, I just don't think that's going to fly. Why don't you spend your time on something better?’;

Flownoun

The tidal setting in of the water from the ocean to the shore. See Ebb and flow, under Ebb.

Flyverb

(intransitive) To travel very fast, hasten.

Flownoun

A low-lying piece of watery land; - called also flow moss and flow bog.

Flyverb

To move suddenly, or with violence; to do an act suddenly or swiftly.

‘a door flies open;’; ‘a bomb flies apart’;

Flownoun

the motion characteristic of fluids (liquids or gases)

Flyverb

To display (a flag) on a flagpole.

Flownoun

the amount of fluid that flows in a given time

Flyverb

To hunt with a hawk.

Flownoun

the act of flowing or streaming; continuous progression

Flyverb

To hit a fly ball; to hit a fly ball that is caught for an out. Compare ground (verb) and line (verb).

‘Jones flied to right in his last at-bat.’;

Flownoun

any uninterrupted stream or discharge

Flyadjective

Quick-witted, alert, mentally sharp.

Flownoun

something that resembles a flowing stream in moving continuously;

‘a stream of people emptied from the terminal’; ‘the museum had planned carefully for the flow of visitors’;

Flyadjective

(slang) Well dressed, smart in appearance; in style, cool.

‘He's pretty fly.’;

Flownoun

dominant course (suggestive of running water) of successive events or ideas;

‘two streams of development run through American history’; ‘stream of consciousness’; ‘the flow of thought’; ‘the current of history’;

Flyadjective

(slang) Beautiful; displaying physical beauty.

Flownoun

the monthly discharge of blood from the uterus of nonpregnant women from puberty to menopause;

‘the women were sickly and subject to excessive menstruation’; ‘a woman does not take the gout unless her menses be stopped’; ‘the semen begins to appear in males and to be emitted at the same time of life that the catamenia begin to flow in females’;

Flyadjective

Sneaky

Flowverb

move or progress freely as if in a stream;

‘The crowd flowed out of the stadium’;

Flyverb

To move in or pass through the air with wings, as a bird.

Flowverb

move along, of liquids;

‘Water flowed into the cave’; ‘the Missouri feeds into the Mississippi’;

Flyverb

To move through the air or before the wind; esp., to pass or be driven rapidly through the air by any impulse.

Flowverb

cause to flow;

‘The artist flowed the washes on the paper’;

Flyverb

To float, wave, or rise in the air, as sparks or a flag.

‘Man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.’;

Flowverb

be abundantly present;

‘The champagne flowed at the wedding’;

Flyverb

To move or pass swiftly; to hasten away; to circulate rapidly; as, a ship flies on the deep; a top flies around; rumor flies.

‘Fly, envious Time, till thou run out thy race.’; ‘The dark waves murmured as the ships flew on.’;

Flowverb

fall or flow in a certain way;

‘This dress hangs well’; ‘Her long black hair flowed down her back’;

Flyverb

To run from danger; to attempt to escape; to flee; as, an enemy or a coward flies. See Note under Flee.

‘Fly, ere evil intercept thy flight.’; ‘Whither shall I fly to escape their hands ?’;

Flowverb

cover or swamp with water

Flyverb

To move suddenly, or with violence; to do an act suddenly or swiftly; - usually with a qualifying word; as, a door flies open; a bomb flies apart.

Flowverb

undergo menstruation;

‘She started menstruating at the age of 11’;

Flyverb

To cause to fly or to float in the air, as a bird, a kite, a flag, etc.

‘The brave black flag I fly.’;

Flyverb

To fly or flee from; to shun; to avoid.

‘Sleep flies the wretch.’; ‘To fly the favors of so good a king.’;

Flyverb

To hunt with a hawk.

Flyverb

To manage (an aircraft) in flight; as, to fly an aëroplane.

Flynoun

Any winged insect; esp., one with transparent wings; as, the Spanish fly; firefly; gall fly; dragon fly.

Flynoun

A hook dressed in imitation of a fly, - used for fishing.

Flynoun

A familiar spirit; a witch's attendant.

‘A trifling fly, none of your great familiars.’;

Flynoun

A parasite.

Flynoun

A kind of light carriage for rapid transit, plying for hire and usually drawn by one horse.

Flynoun

The length of an extended flag from its staff; sometimes, the length from the "union" to the extreme end.

Flynoun

The part of a vane pointing the direction from which the wind blows.

Flynoun

That part of a compass on which the points are marked; the compass card.

Flynoun

Two or more vanes set on a revolving axis, to act as a fanner, or to equalize or impede the motion of machinery by the resistance of the air, as in the striking part of a clock.

Flynoun

The piece hinged to the needle, which holds the engaged loop in position while the needle is penetrating another loop; a latch.

Flynoun

The pair of arms revolving around the bobbin, in a spinning wheel or spinning frame, to twist the yarn.

Flynoun

A shuttle driven through the shed by a blow or jerk.

Flynoun

Formerly, the person who took the printed sheets from the press.

Flynoun

The outer canvas of a tent with double top, usually drawn over the ridgepole, but so extended as to touch the roof of the tent at no other place.

Flynoun

One of the upper screens of a stage in a theater.

Flynoun

The fore flap of a bootee; also, a lap on trousers, overcoats, etc., to conceal a row of buttons.

Flynoun

A batted ball that flies to a considerable distance, usually high in the air; also, the flight of a ball so struck; as, it was caught on the fly. Also called fly ball.

Flynoun

Waste cotton.

Flyadjective

Knowing; wide awake; fully understanding another's meaning.

Flynoun

two-winged insects characterized by active flight

Flynoun

flap consisting of a piece of canvas that can be drawn back to provide entrance to a tent

Flynoun

an opening in a garment that is closed by a zipper or buttons concealed by a fold of cloth

Flynoun

(baseball) a hit that flies up in the air

Flynoun

fisherman's lure consisting of a fishhook decorated to look like an insect

Flyverb

travel through the air; be airborne;

‘Man cannot fly’;

Flyverb

move quickly or suddenly;

‘He flew about the place’;

Flyverb

fly a plane

Flyverb

transport by aeroplane;

‘We fly flowers from the Caribbean to North America’;

Flyverb

cause to fly or float;

‘fly a kite’;

Flyverb

be dispersed or disseminated;

‘Rumors and accusations are flying’;

Flyverb

change quickly from one emotional state to another;

‘fly into a rage’;

Flyverb

pass away rapidly;

‘Time flies like an arrow’; ‘Time fleeing beneath him’;

Flyverb

travel in an airplane;

‘she is flying to Cincinnati tonight’; ‘Are we driving or flying?’;

Flyverb

display in the air or cause to float;

‘fly a kite’; ‘All nations fly their flags in front of the U.N.’;

Flyverb

run away quickly;

‘He threw down his gun and fled’;

Flyverb

travel over (an area of land or sea) in an aircraft;

‘Lindbergh was the first to fly the Atlantic’;

Flyverb

hit a fly

Flyverb

decrease rapidly and disappear;

‘the money vanished in las Vegas’; ‘all my stock assets have vaporized’;

Flyadjective

(British informal) not to be deceived or hoodwinked

Fly

Flies are insects of the order Diptera, the name being derived from the Greek δι- di- , and πτερόν pteron . Insects of this order use only a single pair of wings to fly, the hindwings having evolved into advanced mechanosensory organs known as halteres, which act as high-speed sensors of rotational movement and allow dipterans to perform advanced aerobatics.

‘two’; ‘wing’;

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