flush
I. verb Etymology: Middle English flusshen Date: 13th century intransitive verb to fly away suddenly transitive verb 1. to cause (as a bird) to flush 2. to expose or chase from a place of concealment <
flushed the boys from their hiding place
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II. noun Etymology: Middle French flus, fluz, from Latin fluxus flow, flux Date: circa 1529 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. a series of three or more slalom gates set vertically on a slope III. noun Etymology: perhaps modification of Latin fluxus Date: 1529 1. a sudden flow (as of water); also a rinsing or cleansing with or as if with a flush of water 2. a. a sudden increase or expansion; especially sudden and usually abundant new plant growth <
the spring flush of grass
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b. a surge of emotion <
felt a flush of anger at the insult
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3. a. a tinge of red ; blush b. a fresh and vigorous state <
in the first flush of womanhood
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4. a transitory sensation of extreme heat — compare hot flash IV. verb Date: 1548 intransitive verb 1. to flow and spread suddenly and freely 2. a. to glow brightly b. blush 3. to produce new growth <
the plants flush twice during the year
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transitive verb 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
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<
flush the lungs with air
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2. inflame, excite — usually used passively <
flushed with pride
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3. to cause to blush V. adjective Date: circa 1568 1. a. of a ruddy healthy color b. full of life and vigor ; lusty 2. a. filled to overflowing b. affluent 3. readily available ; abundant 4. a. having or forming a continuous plane or unbroken surface <
flush paneling
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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 VI. adverb Date: 1700 1. in a flush manner 2. squarely <
hit him flush on the chin
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VII. transitive verb Date: circa 1842 to make flush <
flush the headings on a page
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  • flush — [ flɶʃ; flɔʃ ] n. m. • 1896; mot angl.; o. i., p. ê. de flux, employé dans ce sens ♦ Anglic. Au poker, Réunion de cinq cartes de la même couleur. Des flushs ou des flushes. Quinte flush : quinte dans la même couleur. ⊗ HOM. Floche. ● flush,… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

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  • Flush — Flush, v. t. 1. To cause to be full; to flood; to overflow; to overwhelm with water; as, to flush the meadows; to flood for the purpose of cleaning; as, to flush a sewer. [1913 Webster] 2. To cause the blood to rush into (the face); to put to the …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Flush — Flush, n. 1. A sudden flowing; a rush which fills or overflows, as of water for cleansing purposes. [1913 Webster] In manner of a wave or flush. Ray. [1913 Webster] 2. A suffusion of the face with blood, as from fear, shame, modesty, or intensity …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • flush — flush1 [flush] vi. [complex of several words, with senses FLASH & ME flusshen, to fly up suddenly, blended with echoic elements; “flow” senses < ? or akin to OFr fluir (stem fluiss ), to flow] 1. to flow and spread suddenly and rapidly 2. to… …   English World dictionary

  • Flush — (engl. flush für Rausch, Schwall, Spülung) steht für: bei der Teeernte die Ernte im Frühling (first flush) oder im Frühsommer (second flush), siehe Tee eine Kartenhand beim Pokerspiel, siehe Hand (Poker) eine Rötung der Haut oder die… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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  • flush — [adj1] flat even, horizontal, level, planate, plane, smooth, square, true; concepts 486,490 Ant. rough, uneven flush [adj2] overflowing, abundant affluent, close, full, generous, lavish, liberal, opulent, prodigal, rich, wealthy, well off;… …   New thesaurus

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