flush

verb (1)
\ ˈfləsh \
flushed; flushing; flushes

Definition of flush 

(Entry 1 of 7)

intransitive verb

: to fly away suddenly

transitive verb

1 : to cause (a bird) to flush The birds were flushed out of the trees.
2 : to expose or chase from a place of concealment flushed the boys from their hiding place Police flushed the suspects from the building.

flush

noun (1)

Definition of flush (Entry 2 of 7)

1 : a hand of playing cards all of the same suit specifically : a poker hand containing five cards of the same suit but not in sequence — see poker illustration
2 : a series of three or more slalom gates set vertically on a slope

flush

noun (2)

Definition of flush (Entry 3 of 7)

1 : a sudden flow (as of water) also : a rinsing or cleansing with or as if with a flush of water
2a : a sudden increase or expansion especially : sudden and usually abundant new plant growth the spring flush of grass
b : a surge of emotion felt a flush of anger at the insult
3a : a tinge of red : blush
b : a fresh and vigorous state in the first flush of womanhood
4 : a transitory sensation of extreme heat — compare hot flash

flush

verb (2)
flushed; flushing; flushes

Definition of flush (Entry 4 of 7)

intransitive verb

1 : to flow and spread suddenly and freely
2a : to glow brightly
b : blush
3 : to produce new growth the plants flush twice during the year

transitive verb

1a : to cause to flow
b : to pour liquid over or through especially : to cleanse or wash out with or as if with a rush of liquid flush the toilet flush the lungs with air
2 : inflame, excite usually used passively flushed with pride
3 : to cause to blush

flush

adjective

Definition of flush (Entry 5 of 7)

1a : of a ruddy healthy color
b : full of life and vigor : lusty
2a : filled to overflowing streams flush with the spring runoff
b informal : having a large amount of money feeling flush a company that's flush with cash/money
3 informal : readily available : abundant
4a : having or forming a continuous plane or unbroken surface flush paneling
b : directly abutting or immediately adjacent: such as
(1) : set even with an edge of a type page or column : having no indention
(2) : arranged edge to edge so as to fit snugly

flush

adverb

Definition of flush (Entry 6 of 7)

1 : in a flush manner
2 : squarely hit him flush on the chin

flush

verb (3)
flushed; flushing; flushes

Definition of flush (Entry 7 of 7)

transitive verb

: to make flush flush the headings on a page

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Other Words from flush

Adjective

flushness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for flush

Synonyms: Adjective

blooming, florid, full-blooded, glowing, red, rosy, rubicund, ruddy, sanguine

Antonyms: Adjective

ashen, ashy, doughy, livid, lurid, mealy, pale, paled, palish, pallid, pasty, peaked, peaky, sallow, sallowish, wan

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Examples of flush in a Sentence

Adjective

He just got paid and he was feeling flush. was flushed after getting out of the hot bath

Adverb

She placed her hands flush against the door and pushed with all her might. He hit the ball flush.
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First Known Use of flush

Verb (1)

13th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun (1)

circa 1529, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1529, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

1548, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Adjective

circa 1568, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adverb

1700, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (3)

circa 1842, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for flush

Verb (1)

Middle English flusshen

Noun (1)

Middle French flus, fluz, from Latin fluxus flow, flux

Noun (2)

perhaps modification of Latin fluxus

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The first known use of flush was in the 13th century

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flush

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of flush

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: even or level with another surface

: having a large amount of money

flush

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of flush (Entry 2 of 2)

: in order to be level or even with another surface

: in a very forceful way : in a way that makes very solid contact

flush

verb
\ ˈfləsh \
flushed; flushing

Kids Definition of flush

 (Entry 1 of 5)

: to cause to leave a hiding place The hunting dogs were flushing birds.

flush

noun

Kids Definition of flush (Entry 2 of 5)

1 : an act of pouring water over or through Give the toilet a flush.

flush

verb
flushed; flushing

Kids Definition of flush (Entry 3 of 5)

1 : blush entry 1 sense 1 He flushed with embarrassment.
2 : to pour water over or through Flush your eye with water.

flush

adjective

Kids Definition of flush (Entry 4 of 5)

: even or level with another surface The cabinet should be flush with the wall.

flush

adverb

Kids Definition of flush (Entry 5 of 5)

: so as to be even or level with another surface Pound the nails flush with the floor.

flush

noun
\ ˈfləsh \

Medical Definition of flush 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a transitory sensation of extreme heat (as in response to some drugs or in some physiological states) menopausal flushes

Medical Definition of flush (Entry 2 of 2)

: to blush or become suddenly suffused with color due to vasodilation

transitive verb

: to cleanse or wash out with or as if with a rush of liquid the newly sewn incision is flushed with saline— Don Gold

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