Flowery Flow"er·y adjective 1. Full of flowers; abounding with blossoms. 2. Highly embellished with figurative language; florid; as, a flowery style. Milton. The flowery kingdom , China.
Flowery-kirtled Flow"er·y-kir`tled adjective Dressed with garlands of flowers. [ Poetic & Rare] Milton.
Flowing Flow"ing adjective That flows or for flowing (in various sense of the verb); gliding along smoothly; copious. Flowing battery (Electricity) , a battery which is kept constant by the flowing of the exciting liquid through the cell or cells. Knight. -- Flowing furnace , a furnace from which molten metal, can be drawn, as through a tap hole; a foundry cupola. -- Flowing sheet (Nautical) , a sheet when eased off, or loosened to the wind, as when the wind is abaft the beam. Totten.
Flowing Flow"ing adjective & noun from Flow , intransitive verb & t.
Flowingly Flow"ing·ly adverb In a flowing manner.
Flowingness Flow"ing·ness noun Flowing tendency or quality; fluency. [ R.] W. Nichols.
Flowk Flowk noun (Zoology) See 1st Fluke .
Flown Flown past participle of Fly ; -- often used with the auxiliary verb to be ; as, the birds are flown .
Flown Flown adjective Flushed, inflated.
[ Supposed by some to be a mistake for blown
Then wander forth the sons Milton.
Of Belial, flown with insolence and wine.
Floxed silk Floxed" silk` See Floss silk , under Floss .
Floyte Floyte noun & v. A variant of Flute . [ Obsolete]
Fluate Flu"ate noun [ Confer French fluate . See Fluor .] (Chemistry) A fluoride. [ Obsolete]
Fluavil Flu"a·vil noun [ Etymol. uncertain.] (Chemistry) A hydrocarbon extracted from gutta-percha, as a yellow, resinous substance; -- called also fluanil .
Flucan Flu"can noun (Mining) Soft clayey matter in the vein, or surrounding it. [ Written also flookan , flukan , and fluccan .]
Fluctiferous Fluc·tif"er·ous adjective [ Latin fluctus wave + -ferous .] Tending to produce waves. Blount.
Fluctisonous Fluc·tis"o·nous adjective [ Latin fluctisonus ; fluctus wave + sonus sound.] Sounding like waves.
Fluctuability Fluc`tu·a·bil"i·ty noun The capacity or ability to fluctuate. [ R.] H. Walpole.
Fluctuant Fluc"tu·ant adjective [ Latin fluctuans , present participle of fluctuare . See Fluctuate .] 1. Moving like a wave; wavering ; (Medicine) showing undulation or fluctuation; as, a fluctuant tumor. 2. Floating on the waves. [ Obsolete] Bacon.
Fluctuate Fluc"tu·ate intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Fluctuated ; present participle & verbal noun Fluctuating .] [ Latin fluctuatus , past participle of fluctuare , to wave, from fluctus wave, from fluere , fluctum , to flow. See Fluent , and confer Flotilla .] 1. To move as a wave; to roll hither and thither; to wave; to float backward and forward, as on waves; as, a fluctuating field of air. Blackmore. 2. To move now in one direction and now in another; to be wavering or unsteady; to be irresolute or undetermined; to vacillate. Syn. -- To waver; vacillate; hesitate; scruple. -- To Fluctuate , Vacillate , Waver . -- Fluctuate is applied both to things and persons and denotes that they move as they are acted upon. The stocks fluctuate ; a man fluctuates between conflicting influences. Vacillate and waver are applied to persons to represent them as acting themselves. A man vacillates when he goes backward and forward in his opinions and purposes, without any fixity of mind or principles. A man wavers when he shrinks back or hesitates at the approach of difficulty or danger. One who is fluctuating in his feelings is usually vacillating in resolve, and wavering in execution.
Fluctuate Fluc"tu·ate transitive verb To cause to move as a wave; to put in motion.
And fluctuate all the still perfume. Tennyson.
Fluctuation Fluc`tu·a"tion noun [ Latin fluctuatio ; confer French fluctuation .] 1. A motion like that of waves; a moving in this and that direction; as, the fluctuations of the sea. 2. A wavering; unsteadiness; as, fluctuations of opinion; fluctuations of prices. 3. (Medicine) The motion or undulation of a fluid collected in a natural or artifical cavity, which is felt when it is subjected to pressure or percussion. Dunglison.
Flue Flue noun [ Confer Old French flue a flowing, from fluer to flow, from Latin fluere (cf. Fluent ); a perhaps a corruption of English flute .] An inclosed passage way for establishing and directing a current of air, gases, etc.; an air passage ; esp.: (a) A compartment or division of a chimney for conveying flame and smoke to the outer air. (b) A passage way for conducting a current of fresh, foul, or heated air from one place to another. (c) (Steam Boiler) A pipe or passage for conveying flame and hot gases through surrounding water in a boiler; -- distinguished from a tube which holds water and is surrounded by fire. Small flues are called fire tubes or simply tubes . Flue boiler . See under Boiler . - - Flue bridge , the separating low wall between the flues and the laboratory of a reverberatory furnace. -- Flue plate (Steam Boiler) , a plate to which the ends of the flues are fastened; -- called also flue sheet , tube sheet , and tube plate . -- Flue surface (Steam Boiler) , the aggregate surface of flues exposed to flame or the hot gases.
Flue Flue noun [ Confer French flou light, tender, German flau weak, W. llwch dust. √84.] Light down, such as rises from cotton, fur, etc.; very fine lint or hair. Dickens.
Flue Flue noun In an organ flue pipe, the opening between the lower lip and the languet.
Flue pipe Flue pipe (Music) A pipe, esp. an organ pipe, whose tone is produced by the impinging of a current of air upon an edge, or lip, causing a wave motion in the air within; a mouth pipe; - - distinguished from reed pipe . Flue pipes are either open or closed (stopped at the distant end). The flute and flageolet are open pipes; a bottle acts as a closed pipe when one blows across the neck. The organ has both open and closed flue pipes, those of metal being usually round in section, and those of wood triangular or square.
Fluence Flu"ence noun Fluency. [ Obsolete] Milton.
Fluency Flu"en·cy noun
[ Latin fluentia
: confer French fluence
. See Fluent
.] The quality of being fluent; smoothness; readiness of utterance; volubility.
The art of expressing with fluency and perspicuity. Macaulay.
Fluent Flu"ent adjective
[ Latin fluens
, - entis
, present participle of fluere
to flow; confer Greek ... to boil over. Confer Fluctuate
.] 1. Flowing or capable of flowing; liquid; glodding; easily moving. 2. Ready in the use of words; voluble; copious; having words at command; and uttering them with facility and smoothness; as, a fluent speaker; hence, flowing; voluble; smooth; -- said of language; as, fluent speech.
With most fluent utterance. Denham.
Fluent as the flight of a swallow is the sultan's letter. De Quincey.
Fluent Flu"ent noun 1. A current of water; a stream. [ Obsolete] 2. [ Confer French fluente .] (Math.) A variable quantity, considered as increasing or diminishing; -- called, in the modern calculus, the function or integral .
Fluently Flu"ent·ly adverb In a fluent manner.
Fluentness Flu"ent·ness noun The quality of being fluent.
Fluework Flue"work` noun (Mus.) A general name for organ stops in which the sound is caused by wind passing through a flue or fissure and striking an edge above; -- in distinction from reedwork .
Fluey Flue"y adjective [ 2d Flue .] Downy; fluffy. [ R.]
Fluff Fluff noun [ Confer 2d Flue . √84.] Nap or down; flue; soft, downy feathers.
Fluff Fluff transitive verb & i. To make or become fluffy; to move lightly like fluff. Holmes.
Fluffy Fluff"y adjective
[ Compar. Fluffier
; superl. Fluffiest
.] Pertaining to, or resembling, fluff or nap; soft and downy.
"The carpets were fluffy
The present Barnacle . . . had a youthful aspect, and the fluffiest little whisker, perhaps, that ever was seen. Dickens.
Flugelman Flu"gel·man noun [ German flügelman .] (Mil.) Same as Fugleman .
Fluid Flu"id (flūĭd) adjective [ Latin fluidus , from fluere to flow: confer French fluide . See Fluent .] Having particles which easily move and change their relative position without a separation of the mass, and which easily yield to pressure; capable of flowing; liquid or gaseous.
Fluid Flu"id noun A fluid substance; a body whose particles move easily among themselves. » Fluid is a generic term, including liquids and gases as species. Water, air, and steam are fluids . By analogy, the term is sometimes applied to electricity and magnetism, as in phrases electric fluid , magnetic fluid , though not strictly appropriate. Fluid dram , or Fluid drachm , a measure of capacity equal to one eighth of a fluid ounce. -- Fluid ounce . (a) In the United States, a measure of capacity, in apothecaries' or wine measure, equal to one sixteenth of a pint or 29.57 cubic centimeters. This, for water, is about 1.04158 ounces avoirdupois, or 455.6 grains. (b) In England, a measure of capacity equal to the twentieth part of an imperial pint. For water, this is the weight of the avoirdupois ounce, or 437.5 grains. -- Fluids of the body . (Physiol.) The circulating blood and lymph, the chyle, the gastric, pancreatic, and intestinal juices, the saliva, bile, urine, aqueous humor, and muscle serum are the more important fluids of the body . The tissues themselves contain a large amount of combined water, so much, that an entire human body dried in vacuo with a very moderate degree of heat gives about 66 per cent of water. -- Burning fluid , Elastic fluid , Electric fluid , Magnetic fluid , etc. See under Burning , Elastic , etc.
Fluidal Flu"id·al adjective Pertaining to a fluid, or to its flowing motion. Fluidal structure (Geol.) , the structure characteristic of certain volcanic rocks in which the arrangement of the minute crystals shows the lines of flow of thew molten material before solidification; -- also called fluxion structure .
Fluidity Flu·id"i·ty noun
[ Confer French fluidité
.] The quality of being fluid or capable of flowing; a liquid, aëriform, or gaseous state; -- opposed to solidity .
It was this want of organization, this looseness and fluidity of the new movement, that made it penetrate through every class of society. J. R. Green.
Fluidize Flu"id·ize transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Fluidized ; present participle & verbal noun Fluidizing .] To render fluid.
Fluidness Flu"id·ness noun The state of being fluid; fluidity.
Fluidounce Flu"id·ounce` noun See Fluid ounce , under Fluid .
Fluidrachm Flu"i·drachm` noun See Fluid dram , under Fluid . Pharm. of the U. S.
Flukan Flu"kan noun (Mining) Flucan.
Fluke Fluke (flūk) noun [ Confer Anglo-Saxon flōc a kind of flatfish, Icelandic flōki a kind of halibut.] 1. (Zoology) The European flounder. See Flounder . [ Written also fleuk , flook , and flowk ].
[ 1913 Webster] 2. (Zoology) A parasitic trematode worm of several species, having a flat, lanceolate body and two suckers. Two species ( Fasciola hepatica and Distoma lanceolatum ) are found in the livers of sheep, and produce the disease called rot .
[ 1913 Webster]
Fluke Fluke (flūk) noun [ Confer LG. flunk , flunka wing, the palm of an anchor; perhaps akin to English fly .] 1. The part of an anchor which fastens in the ground; a flook. See Anchor . 2. (Zoology) One of the lobes of a whale's tail, so called from the resemblance to the fluke of an anchor. 3. An instrument for cleaning out a hole drilled in stone for blasting. 4. An accidental and favorable stroke at billiards (called a scratch in the United States); hence, any accidental or unexpected advantage; as, he won by a fluke . [ Cant, Eng.] A. Trollope.
Fluke Fluke transitive verb & i. [ imperfect & past participle Fluked ; present participle & verbal noun Fluking .] To get or score by a fluke; as, to fluke a play in billiards. [ Slang]
Flukeworm Fluke"worm` noun (Zoology) Same as 1st Fluke , 2.