flow

Definitions

General English

General Science

  • noun continuous movement of a fluid in a particular direction
  • noun the rate at which a substance is moving
  • noun the movement of the sea or water affected by tides towards a shore as the tide rises.

Aviation

  • verb to move or run smoothly with continuity, as a fluid

Cars & Driving

  • noun the passing of liquid or current through something, also the amount conveyed

Construction

  • 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 liming a specified number of times. See also flow table.

Economics

  • noun the movement of something shown as taking place over a period of time. cash flow is the movement of cash in and out of a business; flow of income is the movement of income into the account of an individual or firm.

Electronics

  • A smooth and uninterrupted motion, progress, or sequence. For example, the movement of a fluid through a duct.
  • The movement of electric charges. For instance, the flow of electrons through a conductor.
  • The movement of information through a system. Also, the sequence in which operations are performed. For example, the movement from point to point within a flowchart.

Health Economics

  • (written as Flow)
    A variable having an interval of time dimension: so much per period.

Media Studies

  • noun the movement of something such as information from one place to another

Medical

  • noun a movement of liquid or gas
  • noun the amount of liquid or gas which is moving

Origin & History of “flow”

The prehistoric Indo-European *pleu-, ancestor of a heterogeneous range of English vocabulary, from fleet to plover, denoted ‘flow, float’. It had a variant form *plō-, which passed into Germanic as *flō-. this formed the basis of the Old English verb flōwan (whence modern English flow) and also of the noun flood.
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