flux

The noun flux describes something that constantly changes. If your likes, dislikes, attitudes, dreams, and even friends are changing all the time, you may be in flux.

Flux can also mean being unsure about a decision. Suppose you just had a great job interview and suddenly your friend invites you to go to Australia with her. You don't know what to do because you don't want to miss a call about the job — or Sydney! You're in flux until you hear from the potential employer. Another kind of flux is liquid moving or flowing, like the flux of water under a sheet of melting ice.

Definitions of flux
  1. noun
    constant change
    “his opinions are in flux
    “the newness and flux of the computer industry”
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    change
    the action of changing something
  2. noun
    a state of uncertainty about what should be done (usually following some important event) preceding the establishment of a new direction of action
    “the flux following the death of the emperor”
    synonyms: state of flux
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    state
    the way something is with respect to its main attributes
  3. noun
    a flow or discharge
    synonyms: fluxion
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    flow, flowing
    the motion characteristic of fluids (liquids or gases)
  4. noun
    the lines of force surrounding a permanent magnet or a moving charged particle
    synonyms: magnetic field, magnetic flux
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    magnetosphere
    the magnetic field of a planet; the volume around the planet in which charged particles are subject more to the planet's magnetic field than to the solar magnetic field
    solar magnetic field
    the magnetic field of the sun
    type of:
    field, field of force, force field
    the space around a radiating body within which its electromagnetic oscillations can exert force on another similar body not in contact with it
  5. noun
    the rate of flow of energy or particles across a given surface
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    neutron flux
    the rate of flow of neutrons; the number of neutrons passing through a unit area in unit time
    radiant flux
    the rate of flow of radiant energy (electromagnetic waves)
    luminous flux
    the rate of flow of light energy
    type of:
    rate
    a magnitude or frequency relative to a time unit
  6. noun
    (physics) the number of changes in energy flow across a given surface per unit area
    synonyms: flux density
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    denseness, density
    the amount per unit size
  7. noun
    excessive discharge of liquid from a cavity or organ (as in watery diarrhea)
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    pathology
    any deviation from a healthy or normal condition
  8. verb
    move or progress freely as if in a stream
    synonyms: flow
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    cockle, riffle, ripple, ruffle, undulate
    stir up (water) so as to form ripples
    transpirate, transpire
    pass through the tissue or substance or its pores or interstices, as of gas
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    move
    move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
  9. verb
    become liquid or fluid when heated
    synonyms: liquefy, liquify
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    condense, distil, distill
    undergo condensation; change from a gaseous to a liquid state and fall in drops
    dethaw, dissolve, melt, thaw, unfreeze, unthaw
    become or cause to become soft or liquid
    fuse
    become plastic or fluid or liquefied from heat
    deliquesce
    melt or become liquid by absorbing moisture from the air
    de-ice, defrost, deice
    make or become free of frost or ice
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    change integrity
    change in physical make-up
  10. noun
    a substance added to molten metals to bond with impurities that can then be readily removed
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    soldering flux
    flux applied to surfaces that are to be joined by soldering; flux cleans the surfaces and results in a better bond
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    chemical, chemical substance
    material produced by or used in a reaction involving changes in atoms or molecules
  11. verb
    mix together different elements
    synonyms: blend, coalesce, combine, commingle, conflate, fuse, immix, meld, merge, mix
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    gauge
    mix in specific proportions
    absorb
    cause to become one with
    meld, melt
    lose its distinct outline or shape; blend gradually
    blend in, mix in
    cause (something) to be mixed with (something else)
    accrete
    grow together (of plants and organs)
    conjugate
    unite chemically so that the product is easily broken down into the original compounds
    admix
    mix or blend
    alloy
    make an alloy of
    syncretise, syncretize
    become fused
    cut in
    mix in with cutting motions
    type of:
    change integrity
    change in physical make-up
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