flux

noun
\ ˈfləks \

Definition of flux 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a flowing of fluid from the body: such as

a : diarrhea

b : dysentery

2 : a continuous moving on or passing by (as of a stream)

3 : a continued flow : flood a flux of words

4a : influx

b : change, fluctuation in a state of flux the flux following the death of the emperor

5 : a substance used to promote fusion (as of metals or minerals) especially : one (such as rosin) applied to surfaces to be joined by soldering, brazing, or welding to clean and free them from oxide and promote their union

6 : the rate of transfer of fluid, particles, or energy across a given surface

flux

verb
fluxed; fluxing; fluxes

Definition of flux (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to cause to become fluid

2 : to treat with a flux

intransitive verb

: to become fluid : fuse

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Synonyms & Antonyms for flux

Synonyms: Noun

affluence, income, inflow, influx, inpouring, inrush

Synonyms: Verb

deliquesce, fuse, liquefy (also liquify), melt, run, thaw

Antonyms: Noun

outflow, outpouring

Antonyms: Verb

harden, set, solidify

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Examples of flux in a Sentence

Noun

the English language is always in a state of flux January typically brings a great flux of returns to department stores.

Verb

a solid will flux more quickly under pressure
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The race is also in flux because turnout in any special election is difficult to forecast, and this one falls during summer vacation season. Michael Tackett, New York Times, "Door-Knocking Democrat Tries to Break G.O.P. Grip in Ohio Special Election," 13 July 2018 Colts last 10 years: 4-2, including 1-1 in the playoffs Analysis: As much as the Colts are changing, the Jets may be more in flux. Scott Horner, Indianapolis Star, "What you need to know about Colts vs. Jets," 13 July 2018 The fashion world, much like the world at large, is currently in a state of flux. refinery29.com, "Stylist Christine Centenera Wants To Change The Way You Shop," 10 July 2018 Chelsea are of course not unfamiliar with living in a state of flux. SI.com, "The Mounting Uncertainty at Chelsea Has Seen the Club Relinquish Their Top 4 Birthright," 9 July 2018 At its core lay the realization battered into him on his first journey down the Colorado about humanity’s impermanence in the face of geologic time and how the Earth remained in a continual state of flux. Johnforristerross, Longreads, "Taming the Great American Desert," 2 July 2018 Josh Fields was placed on the 10-day disabled list because of right-shoulder inflammation on Thursday, throwing the back of the Dodgers’ bullpen into a state of flux. Mike Digiovanna, latimes.com, "Loss of Josh Fields throws off Dodgers' bullpen," 29 June 2018 For better or worse, San Francisco is perpetually in a state of flux. Sarah Fritsche, SFChronicle.com, "Best new restaurants and bars to visit in the Mission right now," 17 June 2018 After a period of flux, downtowns began attracting residential properties and a new wave of retailers. John Sowell, idahostatesman, "Panera Bread will open, then Hilton Garden Inn. Entryway to Downtown Boise takes shape," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of flux

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for flux

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French & Medieval Latin; Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin fluxus, from Latin, flow, from fluere to flow — more at fluid

Verb

see flux entry 1

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More Definitions for flux

flux

noun

English Language Learners Definition of flux

: a series of changes : continuous change

: a substance used for helping to melt or join metals

flux

noun
\ ˈfləks \

Medical Definition of flux 

1a : a flowing or discharge of fluid from the body especially when excessive or abnormal: as

(1) : diarrhea

(2) : dysentery

b : the matter discharged in a flux

2 : the rate of transfer of fluid, particles, or energy across a given surface

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