flush

When you empty something out with a liquid, you flush it. You might also be flush with cash, meaning you have a lot of it. Just don't flush that cash down the toilet!

Your face can flush, and the sky can flush at sunset when it glows with shades of pink. You can also use flush as an adjective to mean "lined up" or "level," like when you hang a medicine cabinet in your bathroom, making sure it's flush against the wall. Yet another meaning of a flush is a peak or boom — a professional poker player might describe her period of winning game after game as a flush.

Primary Meanings of flush

1.
vn
rinse, clean, or empty with a liquid
the swift release of a store of affective force
2.
vn
glow or cause to glow with warm color or light
sudden brief sensation of heat (associated with menopause and some mental disorders)
3.
adjvadv
of a surface exactly even with an adjoining one, forming the same plane
make level or straight
in the same plane
4.
adjn
having an abundant supply of money or possessions of value
the period of greatest prosperity or productivity
5.
n
a poker hand with all 5 cards in the same suit
6.
adv
squarely or solidly
Full Definitions of flush
1

v rinse, clean, or empty with a liquid

flush the wound with antibiotics”
Synonyms:
purge, scour
Type of:
rinse, rinse off
wash off soap or remaining dirt

v cause to flow or flood with or as if with water

flush the meadows”
Types:
perfuse, suffuse
cause to spread or flush or flood through, over, or across
perfuse
force a fluid through (a body part or tissue)
Type of:
irrigate, water
supply with water, as with channels or ditches or streams

v irrigate with water from a sluice

Synonyms:
sluice
Type of:
douse, dowse, drench, soak, sop, souse
cover with liquid; pour liquid onto

v flow freely

“The garbage flushed down the river”
Types:
flush down, wash down
flow freely
Type of:
course, feed, flow, run
move along, of liquids

n the swift release of a store of affective force

Synonyms:
bang, boot, charge, kick, rush, thrill
Type of:
excitement, exhilaration
the feeling of lively and cheerful joy

n a sudden rapid flow (as of water)

“he heard the flush of a toilet”
Synonyms:
gush, outpouring
Types:
springtide
a swelling rush of anything
Type of:
flow, flowing
the motion characteristic of fluids (liquids or gases)
2

v glow or cause to glow with warm color or light

“the sky flushed with rosy splendor”
Type of:
glow
emit a steady even light without flames

v turn red, as if in embarrassment or shame

Synonyms:
blush, crimson, redden
Type of:
color, colour, discolor, discolour
change color, often in an undesired manner

n sudden brief sensation of heat (associated with menopause and some mental disorders)

Synonyms:
hot flash
Type of:
symptom
(medicine) any sensation or change in bodily function that is experienced by a patient and is associated with a particular disease

n sudden reddening of the face (as from embarrassment or guilt or shame or modesty)

Synonyms:
blush
Type of:
inborn reflex, innate reflex, instinctive reflex, physiological reaction, reflex, reflex action, reflex response, unconditioned reflex
an automatic instinctive unlearned reaction to a stimulus

n a rosy color (especially in the cheeks) taken as a sign of good health

Synonyms:
bloom, blush, rosiness
Type of:
good health, healthiness
the state of being vigorous and free from bodily or mental disease
3

adj of a surface exactly even with an adjoining one, forming the same plane

“a door flush with the wall”
“the bottom of the window is flush with the floor”
Synonyms:
even
being level or straight or regular and without variation as e.g. in shape or texture; or being in the same plane or at the same height as something else (i.e. even with)

v make level or straight

Synonyms:
even, even out, level
Types:
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grade
level to the right gradient
strickle, strike
smooth with a strickle
strickle
level off with a strickle in a measuring container
aggrade
build up to a level by depositing sediment
Type of:
change surface
undergo or cause to undergo a change in the surface

adv in the same plane

“set it flush with the top of the table”
4

adj having an abundant supply of money or possessions of value

“a speculator flush with cash”
Synonyms:
affluent, loaded, moneyed, wealthy
rich
possessing material wealth

n the period of greatest prosperity or productivity

Synonyms:
bloom, blossom, efflorescence, flower, heyday, peak, prime
Types:
golden age
a time period when some activity or skill was at its peak
Type of:
period, period of time, time period
an amount of time
5

n a poker hand with all 5 cards in the same suit

Type of:
poker hand
the 5 cards held in a game of poker
6

adv squarely or solidly

“hit him flush in the face”

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