Anything flowing moves like liquid, such as the flowing water of a river or someone’s long, flowing hair. Even a conversation can be flowing if people have a lot to say to each other.

The adjective flowing is useful for describing things that drape gracefully, like Rapunzel's flowing hair or Cinderella's flowing gown. The sleek and streamlined movements of a ballet dancer might also be called flowing, and so can particularly graceful writing: "The poet's flowing lines beautifully evoked a summer afternoon." Flowing comes from flow, from a root meaning "to stream, melt, or become liquid."

Definitions of flowing
  1. adjective
    designed or arranged to offer the least resistant to fluid flow
    synonyms: aerodynamic, sleek, streamlined
    having a surface free from roughness or bumps or ridges or irregularities
  2. noun
    the motion characteristic of fluids (liquids or gases)
    synonyms: flow
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    fountain, jet
    an artificially produced flow of water
    ebb, reflux
    the outward flow of the tide
    backflow, backflowing
    a flow that returns toward its source
    air flow, airflow, flow of air
    the flow of air
    current, stream
    a steady flow of a fluid (usually from natural causes)
    freshet, spate
    the occurrence of a water flow resulting from sudden rain or melting snow
    overflow, overspill, runoff
    the occurrence of surplus liquid (as water) exceeding the limit or capacity
    drippage, dripping
    a liquid (as water) that flows in drops (as from the eaves of house)
    discharge, outpouring, run
    the pouring forth of a fluid
    flux, fluxion
    a flow or discharge
    ooze, oozing, seepage
    the process of seeping
    dribble, drip, trickle
    flowing in drops; the formation and falling of drops of liquid
    the occurrence of a flow of water (as from a pipe)
    flush, gush, outpouring
    a sudden rapid flow (as of water)
    rush, spate, surge, upsurge
    a sudden forceful flow
    tidal current, tidal flow
    the water current caused by the tides
    rip current, riptide
    a strong surface current flowing outwards from a shore
    undercurrent, undertide
    a current below the surface of a fluid
    backflow of blood through a defective heart valve
    torrent, violent stream
    a violently fast stream of water (or other liquid)
    exudation, transudation
    the process of exuding; the slow escape of liquids from blood vessels through pores or breaks in the cell membranes
    intravenous drip
    slow continuous drip introducing solutions intravenously (a drop at a time)
    eddy, twist
    a miniature whirlpool or whirlwind resulting when the current of a fluid doubles back on itself
    maelstrom, vortex, whirlpool
    a powerful circular current of water (usually the result of conflicting tides)
    jet, spirt, spurt, squirt
    the occurrence of a sudden discharge (as of liquid)
    escape, leak, leakage, outflow
    the discharge of a fluid from some container
    debris storm, debris surge
    the sudden spread of dust and debris from a collapsing building
    a forceful forward rush or flow
    a swelling rush of anything
    ocean current
    the steady flow of surface ocean water in a prevailing direction
    type of:
    change of location, travel
    a movement through space that changes the location of something
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