From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishflowflow1 /fləʊ $ floʊ/ ●●● S3 W2 noun 1 liquid/gas/electricity [countable usually singular]LIQUID a smooth steady movement of liquid, gas, or electricityflow of He struggled to swim against the flow of the water. I tied a towel round his leg to try to stem the flow of blood.2 traffic [countable usually singular, uncountable]PROVIDE the steady movement of traffic a new road system to improve traffic flow through the city centre3 goods/people/information [countable usually singular] the movement of goods, people, or information from one place to anotherflow of the flow of funds from the US to Europe There has been a steady flow of people leaving the area. They have accused the government of trying to block the free flow of information. an attempt to stem the flow of refugees across the border4 speech/writing [uncountable]CONTINUOUS the continuous stream of words or ideas when someone is speaking, writing, or thinking about something I didn’t want to interrupt her flow, so I said nothing.5 of the sea [singular]DN the regular movement of the sea towards the land the ebb and flow of the tide 6 → in full flow7 → go with the flow8 → go against the flow → cash flow, → ebb and flow at ebb1(3)
Examples from the Corpusflow• the ebb and flow of the tide• And it is bad for his cash flow.• Sink mixers have divided flow so that the hot and cold water do not mix until they have left the tap.• a lava flow• The momentum derives not from a lulling flow or titillating suspense but from astoundingly acrobatic leaps from perch to perch.• Money flow measures the volume of shares traded every time a stock goes up or down.• The civil war has severely disrupted the flow of humanitarian aid to the region.• Under the function-oriented approach to the flow of authority, the night cashiers work for a head cashier.• the flow of oil from the Middle East• The road repairs should not affect traffic flow.stem ... flow• Rose stemmed the flow, encouraged the ebb, and he allowed it to be that way.• She stemmed the flow of tears that came, knowing they would sting his body.• After the game Kasparov said that Karpov had to play 24 ... d3 to stem the flow of the White attack.• But that is not likely to do much to stem the flow.• The brigadier tried to stem the flow with a tourniquet.• Sandbags were used to stem the flow but several corridors were soon under water.• To stem the flow, he advocates strict trade protections, including high tariffs on imported goods.stem ... flow• Rose stemmed the flow, encouraged the ebb, and he allowed it to be that way.• She stemmed the flow of tears that came, knowing they would sting his body.• After the game Kasparov said that Karpov had to play 24 ... d3 to stem the flow of the White attack.• But that is not likely to do much to stem the flow.• The brigadier tried to stem the flow with a tourniquet.• Sandbags were used to stem the flow but several corridors were soon under water.• To stem the flow, he advocates strict trade protections, including high tariffs on imported goods.interrupt ... flow• Remember here that some people do not like seeing you write down their words for it interrupts their flow of thought.• At least it interrupts the flow of retired vice- marshalls.• I had to interrupt her flow of catastrophes to suggest that we try to understand what was going on beneath the surface.• Do this as a separate routine after writing if you are concerned not to interrupt the flow of composition.• For example, Dickens is fond of parenthetical constructions which allow the generalizing authorial voice to interrupt the narrative flow.• There are some folks who believe the two two-minute intermissions unnecessarily interrupted the flow of the film.• The pads can be inserted into an undergravel set up as a gravel tidy without interrupting the free flow of water.ebb and flow• There is always an ebb and flow, an inner energy used to enhance mood and expression.• But he related well to me, although his engagement ebbed and flowed.• Inside the room I saw the pulsing ebb and flow of light that meant a fire.• In the harbour you got a secondary ebb and flow between the main tides.• A moaning north wind that ebbed and flowed like the sound of surf and ocean waves.• Nixon always will remain a vivid figure for those of us who watched the ebb and flow of his remarkable career.• The ebb and flow of controversy in television news items did not produce corresponding trends in public interest and discussion.• It was ebb and flow, up and down, punch and counterpunch that didn't want to end.