from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Able to express oneself readily and effortlessly: a fluent speaker; fluent in three languages.
- adj. Flowing effortlessly; polished: speaks fluent Russian; gave a fluent performance of the sonata.
- adj. Flowing or moving smoothly; graceful: a yacht with long, fluent curves.
- adj. Flowing or capable of flowing; fluid.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. That flows; flowing, liquid.
- adj. Able to speak a language accurately, rapidly, and confidently – in a flowing way.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Flowing or capable of flowing; liquid; glodding; easily moving.
- adj. Ready in the use of words; voluble; copious; having words at command; and uttering them with facility and smoothness; ; hence, flowing; voluble; smooth; -- said of language.
- n. A current of water; a stream.
- n. A variable quantity, considered as increasing or diminishing; -- called, in the modern calculus, the function or integral.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Flowing or capable of flowing; having a flowing motion, or an appearance as of flowing; changeable; not rigid.
- Ready in the use of words; using words with facility; voluble: as, a fluent speaker or writer.
- Proceeding from a facility of ready copious speech; marked by copiousness of speech: as, fluent utterance; a fluent style.
- n. A stream; a current of water.
- n. In the doctrine of fluxions, the variable or flowing quantity in fluxions which is continually increasing or decreasing; an integral. See fluxion.
- In fluxions, enlarging (or diminishing) continuously, that is, by infinitesimal increments (+ or —).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. smooth and unconstrained in movement
- adj. expressing yourself readily, clearly, effectively
Latin fluēns, fluent-, present participle of fluere, to flow; see bhleu- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin fluens ("flowing"). (Wiktionary)