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flush

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verb \ˈfləsh\

Definition of flush

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to fly away suddenly

  3. transitive verb
  4. 1 :  to cause (as a bird) to flush

  5. 2 :  to expose or chase from a place of concealment <flushed the boys from their hiding place>

Origin and Etymology of flush

Middle English flusshen


First Known Use: 13th century


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flush

noun

Definition of flush

  1. 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. 2 :  a series of three or more slalom gates set vertically on a slope

Origin and Etymology of flush

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


First Known Use: circa 1529


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flush

noun

Definition of flush

  1. 1 :  a sudden flow (as of water); also :  a rinsing or cleansing with or as if with a flush of water

  2. 2 a :  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>

  3. 3 a :  a tinge of red :  blush b :  a fresh and vigorous state <in the first flush of womanhood>

  4. 4 :  a transitory sensation of extreme heat — compare hot flash

Origin and Etymology of flush

perhaps modification of Latin fluxus


First Known Use: 1529


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flush

verb

Definition of flush

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to flow and spread suddenly and freely

  3. 2 a :  to glow brightly b :  blush

  4. 3 :  to produce new growth <the plants flush twice during the year>

  5. transitive verb
  6. 1 a :  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>

  7. 2 :  inflame, excite —usually used passively <flushed with pride>

  8. 3 :  to cause to blush

1548

First Known Use of flush

1548


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flush

adjective

Definition of flush

  1. 1 a :  of a ruddy healthy color b :  full of life and vigor :  lusty

  2. 2 a :  filled to overflowing b :  affluent

  3. 3 :  readily available :  abundant

  4. 4 a :  having or forming a continuous plane or unbroken surface <flush paneling> b :  directly abutting or immediately adjacent: 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

flushness

noun

Examples of flush in a sentence

  1. He just got paid and he was feeling flush.

  2. <was flushed after getting out of the hot bath>

Circa 1568

First Known Use of flush

circa 1568


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flush

adverb

Definition of flush

  1. 1 :  in a flush manner

  2. 2 :  squarely <hit him flush on the chin>

Examples of flush in a sentence

  1. She placed her hands flush against the door and pushed with all her might.

  2. He hit the ball flush.

1700

First Known Use of flush

1700


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flush

verb

Definition of flush

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to make flush <flush the headings on a page>

Circa 1842

First Known Use of flush

circa 1842



FLUSH Defined for English Language Learners


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flush

adjective

Definition of flush for English Language Learners

  • : even or level with another surface

  • : having a large amount of money


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flush

adverb

Definition of flush for English Language Learners

  • : in order to be level or even with another surface

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


FLUSH Defined for Kids

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flush

play
verb \ˈfləsh\

Definition of flush for Students

flushed

flushing

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


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flush

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noun

Definition of flush for Students

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

  2. 2 :  2blush 1


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flush

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verb

Definition of flush for Students

flushed

flushing

  1. 1 :  1blush 1 <He flushed with embarrassment.>

  2. 2 :  to pour water over or through <Flush your eye with water.>


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flush

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adjective

Definition of flush for Students

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


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flush

play
adverb

Definition of flush for Students

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


Medical Dictionary

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flush

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noun \ˈfləsh\

Medical Definition of flush

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


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flush

verb

Medical Definition of flush

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

  2. transitive verb

  3. :  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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