7. 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.Shak.
8. To discharge blood in excess from the uterus.
(Flow), v. t.
1. To cover with water or other liquid; to overflow; to inundate; to flood.
2. To cover with varnish.
1. A stream of water or other fluid; a current; as, a flow of water; a flow of blood.
2. A continuous movement of something abundant; as, a flow of words.
3. 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.Pope.
4. The tidal setting in of the water from the ocean to the shore. See Ebb and flow, under Ebb.
5. A low-lying piece of watery land; called also flow moss and flow bog. [Scot.] Jamieson.
(Flow"age) n. An overflowing with water; also, the water which thus overflows.
(Flow"en) obs. imp. pl. of Fly, v. i. Chaucer.
(Flow"er) n. [OE. flour, OF. flour, flur, flor, F. fleur, fr. L. flos, floris. Cf. Blossom, Effloresce,
Floret, Florid, Florin, Flour, Flourish.]
1. 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.
2. (Bot.) 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.
If we examine a common flower, such for instance as a geranium, we shall find that it consists of: First,
an outer envelope or calyx, sometimes tubular, sometimes consisting of separate leaves called sepals; secondly,
an inner envelope or corolla, which is generally more or less colored, and which, like the calyx, is sometimes
tubular, sometimes composed of separate leaves called petals; thirdly, one or more stamens, consisting
of a stalk or filament and a head or anther, in which the pollen is produced; and fourthly, a pistil, which
is situated in the center of the flower, and consists generally of three principal parts; one or more compartments
at the base, each containing one or more seeds; the stalk or style; and the stigma, which in many familiar
instances forms a small head, at the top of the style or ovary, and to which the pollen must find its way
in order to fertilize the flower. Sir J. Lubbock.