flux

noun
\ ˈfləks How to pronounce flux (audio) \

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

change, fluctuation, inconstancy, oscillation

Synonyms: Verb

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

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

Boys and girls schools: Three of the district’s single gender schools are all in flux. Patrick O'donnell, cleveland.com, "Cleveland school board struggling with Tremont Montessori, single-gender schools, and possible Dike and Karamu House partnership," 10 June 2019 The marijuana market is an industry in flux, caught between its underground roots and a new era of enormous commercial potential. Mike Rogoway, oregonlive.com, "Behind Portland’s blockbuster marijuana deal: a Russian billionaire, cannabis consolidation," 9 June 2019 The offensive line, in general, is in flux as minicamp begins. John Fay, Cincinnati.com, "John Jerry brings a wealth of experience to Cincinnati Bengals offensive line," 6 June 2019 Its position is in flux because May is stepping down as party leader Friday, setting in motion a race to succeed her as prime minister. Washington Post, "The Latest: Trump says he doesn’t think Markle is ‘nasty’," 5 June 2019 Consider this, though: if Intel can't get its manufacturing transition in order, its product lineup could be even more in flux. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Leaked Intel roadmaps call Intel's 10nm transition into question yet again," 26 Apr. 2019 After all, the company has been somewhat in flux in recent years, cycling through a series of design directors and CEOs. Alex Kuczynski, Town & Country, "Diane and Talita von Furstenberg Turn an American Empire into a Family Dynasty," 7 Feb. 2019 Matisse’s cutouts and Ellsworth Kelly’s signature curves, which were often kissing, or stacked like those in the letter B, are repeatedly folded into the flux. Roberta Smith, Martha Schwendener And Will Heinrich, New York Times, "What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week," 15 Mar. 2018 But those plans have been thrown into flux by a federal court order blocking the deportation of Dreamers, the Associated Press's Sudhin Thanawala and Andrew Dalton report. Dan Sweeney, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Power Lunch: Drilling? Not in Florida's backyard," 10 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Next, clean and flux a shutoff valve for the cold side and slide it over the tubing end place and solder it in place. Steve Willson, Popular Mechanics, "How To Install An Electric Water Heater," 24 Aug. 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 and Verb

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

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The first known use of flux was in the 14th century

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flux

noun

English Language Learners Definition of flux

: a series of changes : continuous change
technical : a substance used for helping to melt or join metals

flux

noun
\ ˈfləks How to pronounce flux (audio) \

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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