flow·​ing ˈflō-iŋ How to pronounce flowing (audio)
: moving smoothly and continuously in or as if in a stream
a flowing river
: smooth and graceful
flowing handwriting
: hanging loosely and gracefully
a flowing gown
her long, flowing tresses
flowingly adverb
a flowingly graceful gesture
As he talked along, softly, pleasantly, flowingly, he seemed to drift away imperceptibly out of this world and time … Mark Twain

Examples of flowing in a Sentence

a flowing silk scarf
Recent Examples on the Web The skirt features gorgeous cutouts on both sides, making walking easier and giving it a more flowing appearance. Hyphensocial Contributors, Rolling Stone, 7 June 2024 This means with each step, back and forth, an incredible amount of brain activity is involved to allow smooth and flowing movement. Bryant Stamford, The Courier-Journal, 16 May 2024 Ubisoft intended to model how the text would have actually been spoken at the time, by recent arrivals from Ireland, to what is now Scotland, to create a more flowing performance for players. Amy Briscoe, Wired, 21 Apr. 2021 Behind much more flowing and well-balanced offense, UConn used a 9-2 run at the beginning of the second to pull ahead by three, though the Yellow Jackets responded following a timeout to regain the advantage. Alexa Philippou, courant.com, 9 Dec. 2021 Stolz employs a flowing and impressionist animation style to tell the story of Ernesto, an almost-dead soldier carried to his final destination deep in the Brazilian jungle, where villagers hope his death will usher in new life. Jd Linville, Variety, 18 June 2022 That’s the year that Fords started having nicer lines—a more flowing look. Jack Hagemann, Popular Mechanics, 4 Apr. 2021 His flowing and seamless grace, and his precision and timing, were like salutes to those among us who risk everything in the pursuit of impossible perfection. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, 6 Jan. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of flowing was before the 12th century

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“Flowing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flowing. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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