Definitions

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

  • adj. Flowing back; ebbing.

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  • adj. flowing back
  • adj. ebbing

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Flowing back; returning; ebbing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Flowing or surging back; ebbing: as, the refluent tide.

Etymologies

Latin refluēns, refluent-, present participle of refluere, to flow back : re-, re- + fluere, to flow; see fluent.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • But I experienced a refluent anxiety on finishing this novel, anxiety at being a woman.

    Sabina Murray: On the Women of Freedom and The Marriage Plot

  • Active pains and joys might fling up, like towers, among my days: but, refluent as air, this hidden urge re-formed, to be the persisting element of life, till near the end.

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  • It would appear, then, that there are at least three schools of criticism: the refluent sea-music school; the line-irregularity school, and the school that bids one not criticise but cry.

    The Common Reader, Second Series

  • For instance, when Swinburne read her poetry he exclaimed: “I have always thought that nothing more glorious in poetry has ever been written”, and went on to say of her New Year Hymn that it was touched as with the fire and bathed as in the light of sunbeams, tuned as to chords and cadences of refluent sea-music beyond reach of harp and organ, large echoes of the serene and sonorous tides of heaven

    The Common Reader, Second Series

  • The main currents of the nineteenth century, with fluent and refluent tides, clash beneath the controversy; and as soon as one hears its

    The George Sand-Gustave Flaubert Letters

  •   Where refluent waters welter, rock, and sway; strophe 4

    Agamemnon

  • We saw her plainly -- saw the rotted planks, the crumbling rigging, the rust corroded metal work, the broken rail, the gaping deck, and I could imagine that the clean water broke away from her sides in refluent wavelets as though in recoil from a thing unclean.

    The Ship That Saw a Ghost

  • Immediately all the flood retired with a refluent course, and the dryness returned, nor was there hurt or damage seen in the vessels or in the furniture of his dwelling.

    The Most Ancient Lives of Saint Patrick Including the Life by Jocelin, Hitherto Unpublished in America, and His Extant Writings

  • Medway into the Western Swale, -- now carried by the refluent tide back to the vicinity of its old quarters, -- it seemed as though the River god and Neptune were amusing themselves with a game of subaqueous battledore, and had chosen this unfortunate carcass as a marine shuttlecock.

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  • The refluent thoughts and feelings of his religious life began to set back into every bay and estuary of his soul.

    The Redemption of David Corson

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