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.

Primary Meanings of flux

1.
n
constant change
2.
nv
a flow or discharge
move or progress freely as if in a stream
3.
n
a substance added to molten metals to bond with impurities that can then be readily removed
4.
v
mix together different elements
Full Definitions of flux
1

n constant change

“his opinions are in flux
“the newness and flux of the computer industry”
Type of:
change
the action of changing something

n 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
Type of:
state
the way something is with respect to its main attributes
2

n a flow or discharge

Synonyms:
fluxion
Type of:
flow, flowing
the motion characteristic of fluids (liquids or gases)

n the lines of force surrounding a permanent magnet or a moving charged particle

Synonyms:
magnetic field, magnetic flux
Types:
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

n the rate of flow of energy or particles across a given surface

Types:
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

n (physics) the number of changes in energy flow across a given surface per unit area

Synonyms:
flux density
Type of:
denseness, density
the amount per unit size

n excessive discharge of liquid from a cavity or organ (as in watery diarrhea)

Type of:
pathology
any deviation from a healthy or normal condition

v move or progress freely as if in a stream

Synonyms:
flow
Types:
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
Type of:
move
move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

v become liquid or fluid when heated

Synonyms:
liquefy, liquify
Types:
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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
Type of:
change integrity
change in physical make-up
3

n a substance added to molten metals to bond with impurities that can then be readily removed

Types:
soldering flux
flux applied to surfaces that are to be joined by soldering; flux cleans the surfaces and results in a better bond
Type of:
chemical, chemical substance
material produced by or used in a reaction involving changes in atoms or molecules
4

v mix together different elements

Synonyms:
blend, coalesce, combine, commingle, conflate, fuse, immix, meld, merge, mix
Types:
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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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