outflow

verb
out·​flow | \ ˈau̇t-ˌflō How to pronounce outflow (audio) , ˌau̇t-ˈflō\
outflowed; outflowing; outflows

Definition of outflow

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to flow out

outflow

noun
out·​flow | \ ˈau̇t-ˌflō How to pronounce outflow (audio) \

Definition of outflow (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a flowing out the outflow of dollars
2 : something that flows out outflow of a sewage treatment plant

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Synonyms & Antonyms for outflow

Synonyms: Noun

exodus, gush, outpour, outpouring

Antonyms: Noun

flux, inflow, influx, inrush

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Examples of outflow in a Sentence

Noun

We joined the outflow of fans from the stadium after the game. The vents provide improved outflow of air.

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

However, the hydrogen and helium gas on WASP-121b is outflowing, akin to a river, dragging the metals with them, Sing continued. Fox News, "NASA discovers 'extreme' alien planet that's shaped like a football," 2 Aug. 2019 But there are concerns that in a stressed market, outflows from ETFs might make a bad situation worse. The Economist, "Why everybody is concerned about corporate-bond liquidity," 11 July 2019 Heavy rains routinely overload Baltimore’s aged sewer system, sending human waste out of manholes and outflows that pour directly into the Jones Falls. Scott Dance, baltimoresun.com, "Weekend rain washes 10 million gallons of sewage-contaminated water into Baltimore's Jones Falls," 30 May 2018 The dam outflows below Wheeler and Wilson dams continue to produce some lunker smallmouths, with a fish over 8 pounds reported last week along with lots in the 4 to 5 pound class. Frank Sargeant, AL.com, "Friday Fishing Report," 30 Mar. 2018 Winds stirred from monsoon storm outflows late Monday had pushed the fire further south. Chris Coppola, azcentral, "Verde Fire grows to 2,000 acres north of Fountain Hills," 5 Aug. 2019 However, the hydrogen and helium gas on WASP-121b is outflowing, akin to a river, dragging the metals with them, Sing continued. Fox News, "NASA discovers 'extreme' alien planet that's shaped like a football," 2 Aug. 2019 But there are concerns that in a stressed market, outflows from ETFs might make a bad situation worse. The Economist, "Why everybody is concerned about corporate-bond liquidity," 11 July 2019 This lets the structure breathe, and exchanges heat between incoming and outflowing air. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "Why Your Next Home Might Not Need Any Energy at All," 22 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Facing outflows of client money and relentless pressure to lower fees, firms have in turn looked to slash expenses. Justin Baer, WSJ, "There Is No Easy Fix for Legg Mason and Other Money Managers," 17 June 2019 The Weather Service said outflows form those storms could bring wind, dust and possibly storm activity to parts of the Phoenix area into the evening. Chris Coppola, azcentral, "Blowing dust moves into Phoenix area, weather advisories issued," 7 Aug. 2019 And at the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, 10 million gallons of lake water a day are flowing into the Deep Tunnel at an outflow point. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The water levels on Lake Michigan tied a 33-year-old record high this July. Boaters are seeing the effects," 5 Aug. 2019 That outflow has raised political awareness of Puerto Rico’s situation in places like Florida and the East Coast where most of the newcomers have settled. Michael Wines, New York Times, "She’s Puerto Rico’s Only Link to Washington. She Could Be Its Future Governor.," 26 July 2019 Now, the outflow isn’t strong enough to scour things out and prevent occasional blockages. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, "On the edge of SF’s Presidio, restoring a watershed will benefit nature and humans," 5 Aug. 2019 The storms will be capable of producing brief heavy rain, gusty outflow winds 35 to 50 mph, small hail & frequent cloud to ground lightning. Saja Hindi, The Denver Post, "Denver weather: 90-plus degree temperatures, thunderstorms, lightning, gusty winds and hail," 4 Aug. 2019 Hedge funds, typically banks’ most active clients, have suffered outflows while struggling to outperform lower-cost funds. Fortune, "Citi to Cut Hundred of Trading Jobs–Proof That Industrywide Slump May Be Here to Stay," 31 July 2019 Illinois and New Jersey were next with net outflows of $4.8 billion and $3.4 billion. Jared Dillian, Twin Cities, "Jared Dillian: High-tax states are practicing financial destruction," 11 July 2019

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First Known Use of outflow

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1785, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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outflow

noun

English Language Learners Definition of outflow

: an outward flow or movement of something

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