Flourish
Flourish Flour"ish, n.; pl. {Flourishes}. 1. A flourishing condition; prosperity; vigor. [Archaic] [1913 Webster]

The Roman monarchy, in her highest flourish, never had the like. --Howell. [1913 Webster]

2. Decoration; ornament; beauty. [1913 Webster]

The flourish of his sober youth Was the pride of naked truth. --Crashaw. [1913 Webster]

3. Something made or performed in a fanciful, wanton, or vaunting manner, by way of ostentation, to excite admiration, etc.; ostentatious embellishment; ambitious copiousness or amplification; parade of words and figures; show; as, a flourish of rhetoric or of wit. [1913 Webster]

He lards with flourishes his long harangue. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

4. A fanciful stroke of the pen or graver; a merely decorative figure. [1913 Webster]

The neat characters and flourishes of a Bible curiously printed. --Boyle. [1913 Webster]

5. A fantastic or decorative musical passage; a strain of triumph or bravado, not forming part of a regular musical composition; a cal; a fanfare. [1913 Webster]

A flourish, trumpets! strike alarum, drums! --Shak. [1913 Webster]

6. The waving of a weapon or other thing; a brandishing; as, the flourish of a sword. [1913 Webster]


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  • Flourish — Flour ish, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Flourished}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Flourishing}.] [OE. florisshen, flurisshen, OF. flurir, F. fleurir, fr. L. florere to bloom, fr. flos, floris, flower. See {Flower}, and { ish}.] 1. To grow luxuriantly; to increase… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • flourish — (v.) c.1300, to blossom, grow, from O.Fr. floriss , stem of florir blossom, flower, bloom, flourish, from L. florere to bloom, blossom, flower, figuratively to flourish, be prosperous, from flos a flower (see FLORA (Cf. flora)). Metaphoric sense… …   Etymology dictionary

  • flourish — [n] curlicue, decoration curl, embellishment, furbelow, garnish, ornamentation, plume, quirk, spiral, sweep, twist; concepts 259,284 flourish [v1] grow, prosper amplify, arrive, augment, batten, bear fruit, be on top of heap*, bloom, blossom,… …   New thesaurus

  • Flourish — Flour ish, v. t. 1. To adorn with flowers orbeautiful figures, either natural or artificial; to ornament with anything showy; to embellish. [Obs.] Fenton. [1913 Webster] 2. To embellish with the flowers of diction; to adorn with rhetorical… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • flourish — flour‧ish [ˈflʌrɪʆ ǁ ˈflɜːr ] verb [intransitive] if a business or industry flourishes, it is very successful and makes a profit: • The economy is booming and many small businesses are flourishing. * * * flourish UK US /ˈflʌrɪʃ/ verb [I] ► to be… …   Financial and business terms

  • flourish — index brandish, display, flaunt, gain, germinate, increase, pretense (ostentation), proliferate …   Law dictionary

  • flourish — vb 1 *succeed, prosper, thrive Analogous words: bloom, flower, *blossom, blow: increase, augment, multiply: *expand, amplify Antonyms: languish Contrasted words: *wither, shrivel: shrink, Contract: ebb, * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • flourish — ► VERB 1) grow or develop in a healthy or vigorous way. 2) be working or at the height of one s career during a specified period. 3) wave about dramatically. ► NOUN 1) a bold or extravagant gesture or action. 2) an ornamental flowing curve in… …   English terms dictionary

  • flourish — [flʉr′ish] vi. [ME florishen < extended stem of OFr florir, to blossom < LL * florire < L florere < flos, FLOWER] 1. Obs. to blossom 2. to grow vigorously; succeed; thrive; prosper 3. to be at the peak of development, activity,… …   English World dictionary

  • flourish — 01. Business has [flourished] since we started advertising on the Internet. 02. Victoria is quickly becoming a [flourishing] center for bicycle tourism. 03. Our roses are really [flourishing] in this nice weather. 04. The actress threw her scarf… …   Grammatical examples in English

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