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

  • intransitive v. To turn red, as from fever, embarrassment, or strong emotion; blush.
  • intransitive v. To glow, especially with a reddish color: The sky flushed pink at dawn.
  • intransitive v. To flow suddenly and abundantly, as from containment; flood.
  • intransitive v. To be emptied or cleaned by a rapid flow of water, as a toilet.
  • transitive v. To cause to redden or glow.
  • transitive v. To excite or elate: The team was flushed with the success of victory.
  • transitive v. To clean, rinse, or empty with a rapid flow of a liquid, especially water: flush a toilet; flush a wound with iodine.
  • transitive 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.
  • transitive v. To frighten (a game bird, for example) from cover.
  • transitive v. To drive or force into the open: The police fired tear gas to flush out the terrorists.
  • intransitive v. To dart out or fly from cover.
  • n. A bird or flock of birds that has been frightened from cover.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. smooth, even, aligned; not sticking out.
  • adj. wealthy or well off.
  • adj. 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. A hand consisting of all cards with the same suit.
  • v. To cleanse by flooding with generous quantities of a fluid.
  • v. Particularly, to cleanse a toilet by introducing lots of water.
  • v. To become suffused with reddish color due to embarrassment, excitement, overheating, or other systemic disturbance, to blush.
  • v. To cause to blush.
  • v. To excite, inflame.
  • v. (Toilets only) To be cleansed by being flooded with generous quantities of water.
  • v. (Computer Science) To clear a buffer of its contents.
  • v. To cause to take flight from concealment.
  • v. To take suddenly to flight, especially from cover.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Full of vigor; fresh; glowing; bright.
  • adj. Affluent; abounding; well furnished or suppled; hence, liberal; prodigal.
  • adj. Unbroken or even in surface; on a level with the adjacent surface; forming a continuous surface
  • adj. Consisting of cards of one suit.
  • adv. So as to be level or even.
  • 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.
  • intransitive v. To flow and spread suddenly; to rush.
  • intransitive v. To become suddenly suffused, as the cheeks; to turn red; to blush.
  • intransitive v. To snow red; to shine suddenly; to glow.
  • intransitive v. To start up suddenly; to take wing as a bird.
  • intransitive 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.
  • intransitive v. To fill underground spaces, especially in coal mines, with material carried by water, which, after drainage, constitutes a compact mass.
  • transitive v. To cause to be full; to flood; to overflow; to overwhelm with water; ; to flood for the purpose of cleaning.
  • transitive v. To cause the blood to rush into (the face); to put to the blush, or to cause to glow with excitement.
  • transitive v. To make suddenly or temporarily red or rosy, as if suffused with blood.
  • transitive v. To excite; to animate; to stir.
  • transitive v. To cause to start, as a hunter a bird.
  • transitive 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.

from The 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • To put out a new growth, as plants which have been partially deprived of their foliage: especially applied to tea-plants.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • n. In tea-growing, a fresh growth of shoots with leaves fit for picking.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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


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

Probably from flush3, to dart out.
French flux, flus, from Old French flux, from Latin flūxus, flux; see flux.
Middle English flusshen.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Middle English flusshen



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