American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To turn red, as from fever, embarrassment, or strong emotion; blush.
- v. To glow, especially with a reddish color: The sky flushed pink at dawn.
- v. To flow suddenly and abundantly, as from containment; flood.
- v. To be emptied or cleaned by a rapid flow of water, as a toilet.
- v. To cause to redden or glow.
- v. To excite or elate: The team was flushed with the success of victory.
- v. To clean, rinse, or empty with a rapid flow of a liquid, especially water: flush a toilet; flush a wound with iodine.
- v. To remove or eliminate by or as if by flushing: "The weakness in demand and productivity will at least ... flush out some of the inflation premium that has been built into interest rates” ( Fortune).
- n. A flooding flow or rush, as of water.
- n. The act of cleaning or rinsing by or as if by flushing.
- n. A blush or glow: "here and there a flush of red on the lip of a little cloud” ( Willa Cather).
- n. A reddening of the skin, as with fever, emotion, or exertion.
- n. A brief sensation of heat over all or part of the body.
- n. A rush of strong feeling: a flush of pride.
- n. A state of freshness or vigor. See Synonyms at bloom1.
- adj. Having a healthy reddish color; flushed.
- adj. Having an abundant supply of money; affluent. See Synonyms at rich.
- adj. Marked by abundance; plentiful: flush times resulting from the oil boom.
- adj. Swelling; overflowing: rivers flush with the spring rains.
- adj. Having surfaces in the same plane; even.
- adj. Arranged with adjacent sides, surfaces, or edges close together: a sofa flush against the wall. See Synonyms at level.
- adj. Printing Aligned evenly with a margin, as along the left or right edge of a typeset page; not indented.
- adj. Direct, straightforward, or solid: knocked out by a flush blow to the jaw.
- adj. Designed to be emptied or cleaned by flushing: a flush toilet.
- adv. So as to be even, in one plane, or aligned with a margin.
- adv. Squarely or solidly: The ball hit him flush on the face.
- n. Games A hand in which all the cards are of the same suit but not in numerical sequence, ranked above a straight and below a full house in poker.
- v. To frighten (a game bird, for example) from cover.
- v. To drive or force into the open: The police fired tear gas to flush out the terrorists.
- v. To dart out or fly from cover.
- n. A bird or flock of birds that has been frightened from cover.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To become suffused with color, as the face or the sky; redden; blush; glow.
- To make suddenly red; suffuse with color; redden; cause to blush; cause to ***ow; color.
- n. A redness caused by a sudden flow of blood to the face; a blush; any warm coloring or glow, as the reddening of the sky before daybreak: as, a crimson flush.
- n. Sudden impulse or excitement; a sudden thrill or shock, as of feeling: as, to feel a flush of joy.
- n. Bloom; glow.
- n. The hot stage of a fever.
- Hot and heavy: said of the weather or the atmosphere.
- In full bloom; in vigorous growth or condition.
- Same an flosh.
- To drench copiously with water for the purpose of cleansing; wash out, as a sewer, with a copious flow of water.
- Synonyms See plunge.
- To flow swiftly; especially, to flow and spread suddenly, as blood in the face: a use scarcely different from that of flush, intransitive verb
- To become fluxed or fluid.
- n. A piece of moist ground; a place where water frequently lies; a morass.
- n. A run of water.
- n. An increase of water in a river.
- n. Snow in a state of dissolution; slush.
- To encourage; elate; excite the spirits of; animate with joy: originally the same as flesh.
- To fly out suddenly, as a bird when disturbed: start up or fly off.
- In sporting, to rouse and cause to start up or fly off; spring: as, to flush a woodcock; to flush a covey; to flush the trout.
- n. The act of starting or flushing a bird.
- n. A bird, or a flock of birds, suddenly started or sprung.
- n. A great number.
- n. Abundance; exuberance.
- Full, in any respect; exuberant; plentiful.
- Well supplied, as with money: as, to be quite flush.
- Prodigal; wasteful.
- Having the surface or face even or level with the adjacent surface, or in the same plane or line; being in exact alinement; even.
- To make flush or level.
- In weaving, to throw on the surface over several threads without intersecting, as in twilling, or forming tissue figures.
- In weaving, to flow or float over several threads without intersection: said of threads in twilling or tissue-weaving.
- Same as fledge.
- To become able to fly: same as fledge.
- n. In card-playing, a hand in which all the cards, or a certain specified number of them, are of the same suit.
- n. A certain game of cards.
- In the game of poker, consisting of cards all of which are of the same suit: as, a flush hand.
- n. In tea-growing, a fresh growth of shoots with leaves fit for picking. After the removal of the pekoe tip (sec
pekoe) and the younger leaves a new flush is secured from axillary buds by stimulative culture or by removing the greater part of the plant's foliage.
- To put out a new growth, as plants which have been partially deprived of their foliage: especially applied to tea-plants.
- v. transitive To cause to take flight from concealment.
- v. intransitive To take suddenly to flight, especially from cover.
- adj. smooth, even, aligned; not sticking out.
- adj. wealthy or well off.
- adj. typography Short for flush left and right; a body of text aligned with both its left and right margins.
- n. A cleansing with plenty of fluid.
- n. Particularly, such a cleansing of a toilet.
- n. poker A hand consisting of all cards with the same suit.
- v. transitive To cleanse by flooding with generous quantities of a fluid.
- v. transitive Particularly, to cleanse a toilet by introducing lots of water.
- v. intransitive To become suffused with reddish color due to embarrassment, excitement, overheating, or other systemic disturbance, to blush.
- v. transitive To cause to blush.
- v. transitive To excite, inflame.
- v. intransitive (Toilets only) To be cleansed by being flooded with generous quantities of water.
- v. intransitive (Computer Science) To clear a buffer of its contents.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To flow and spread suddenly; to rush.
- v. To become suddenly suffused, as the cheeks; to turn red; to blush.
- v. To snow red; to shine suddenly; to glow.
- v. To start up suddenly; to take wing as a bird.
- v. To cause to be full; to flood; to overflow; to overwhelm with water; ; to flood for the purpose of cleaning.
- v. To cause the blood to rush into (the face); to put to the blush, or to cause to glow with excitement.
- v. To make suddenly or temporarily red or rosy, as if suffused with blood.
- v. To excite; to animate; to stir.
- v. To cause to start, as a hunter a bird.
- v. To cause to flow; to draw water from, or pour it over or through (a pond, meadow, sewer, etc.); to cleanse by means of a rush of water.
- v. To operate a placer mine, where the continuous supply of water is insufficient, by holding back the water, and releasing it periodically in a flood.
- v. To fill underground spaces, especially in coal mines, with material carried by water, which, after drainage, constitutes a compact mass.
- n. A sudden flowing; a rush which fills or overflows, as of water for cleansing purposes.
- n. A suffusion of the face with blood, as from fear, shame, modesty, or intensity of feeling of any kind; a blush; a glow.
- n. Any tinge of red color like that produced on the cheeks by a sudden rush of blood
- n. A sudden flood or rush of feeling; a thrill of excitement. animation, etc..
- n. A flock of birds suddenly started up or flushed.
- n. A hand of cards, all of the same suit; -- especially significant in poker, where five cards of the same suit constitute a
flush, which beats a straight but is beaten by a full house or four of a kind.
- adj. Full of vigor; fresh; glowing; bright.
- adj. Affluent; abounding; well furnished or suppled; hence, liberal; prodigal.
- adj. (Arch. & Mech.) Unbroken or even in surface; on a level with the adjacent surface; forming a continuous surface
- adj. (Card Playing) Consisting of cards of one suit.
- adv. So as to be level or even.
- v. glow or cause to glow with warm color or light
- v. cause to flow or flood with or as if with water
- adj. having an abundant supply of money or possessions of value
- n. a poker hand with all 5 cards in the same suit
- v. irrigate with water from a sluice
- adv. squarely or solidly
- adj. of a surface exactly even with an adjoining one, forming the same plane
- n. the period of greatest prosperity or productivity
- v. make level or straight
- adv. in the same plane
- n. a rosy color (especially in the cheeks) taken as a sign of good health
- v. turn red, as if in embarrassment or shame
- v. rinse, clean, or empty with a liquid
- n. sudden brief sensation of heat (associated with menopause and some mental disorders)
- n. a sudden rapid flow (as of water)
- v. flow freely
- n. sudden reddening of the face (as from embarrassment or guilt or shame or modesty)
- n. the swift release of a store of affective force
- Middle English flusshen (Wiktionary)
- Probably from flush3, to dart out.French flux, flus, from Old French flux, from Latin flūxus, flux; see flux.Middle English flusshen. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“V. iv.8 (394,4) the time is flush] A bird is _flush_ when his feathers are grown, and he can leave the nest.”
“After the full house, the flush is the highest hand in the poker hands order.”
“Ranked below the flush is the straight, which consists of five cards in rank sequence but now having the same suit.”
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