from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun 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.
  • intransitive verb To frighten (a game bird, for example) from cover.
  • intransitive verb To drive or force into the open.
  • intransitive verb To dart out or fly from cover.
  • noun A bird or flock of birds that has been frightened from cover.
  • intransitive verb To turn red, as from fever, embarrassment, or strong emotion; blush.
  • intransitive verb To glow, especially with a reddish color.
  • intransitive verb To flow suddenly and abundantly, as from containment; flood.
  • intransitive verb To be emptied or cleaned by a rapid flow of water, as a toilet.
  • intransitive verb To cause to redden or glow.
  • intransitive verb To excite or elate.
  • intransitive verb To clean, rinse, or empty with a rapid flow of a liquid, especially water.
  • intransitive verb To drive away with a rapid flow of a liquid.
  • intransitive verb To remove or eliminate.
  • noun A flooding flow or rush, as of water.
  • noun The act of cleaning or rinsing by or as if by flushing.
  • noun A blush or glow.
  • noun A reddening of the skin, as with fever, emotion, or exertion.
  • noun A brief sensation of heat over all or part of the body.
  • noun A rush of strong feeling.
  • noun A state of great vigor or development. synonym: bloom.
  • adjective Having a healthy reddish color; flushed.
  • adjective Having an abundant supply of something, especially money.
  • adjective Marked by abundance; plentiful.
  • adjective Having surfaces in the same plane; even.
  • adjective Arranged with adjacent sides, surfaces, or edges close together: synonym: level.
  • adjective Printing Aligned evenly with a margin, as along the left or right edge of a typeset page; not indented.
  • adjective Direct, straightforward, or solid.
  • adjective Designed to be emptied or cleaned by flushing.
  • adverb So as to be even, in one plane, or aligned with a margin.
  • adverb Squarely or solidly.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • Hot and heavy: said of the weather or the atmosphere.
  • In full bloom; in vigorous growth or condition.
  • noun In tea-growing, a fresh growth of shoots with leaves fit for picking.
  • 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.
  • noun A piece of moist ground; a place where water frequently lies; a morass.
  • noun A run of water.
  • noun An increase of water in a river.
  • noun Snow in a state of dissolution; slush.
  • Full, in any respect; exuberant; plentiful.
  • Well supplied, as with money: as, to be quite flush.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French flux, flus, from Old French flux, from Latin flūxus, flux; see flux.]

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English flusshen.]

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Probably from flush, to dart out.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Middle English flusshen


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