Related topics: Nature
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a smooth steady movement of liquid, gas, or electricity
liquid/gas/electricity[countable usually singular]
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.
the steady movement of traffic:
traffic[countable usually singular, uncountable]
a new road system to improve traffic flow through the city centre
the movement of goods, people, or information from one place to another
goods/people/information[countable usually singular]
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 border
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.
the regular movement of the sea towards the land:
of the sea[singular]DN
the ebb and flow of the tide
if someone is in full flow, they are busy talking about something and seem likely to continue for a long time
to agree that you will do the thing that most people want to do:
I don't mind, I'll just go with the flow.
to do something very different from what other people are doing