Definitions for: Flux


[n] in constant change; "his opinions are in flux"
[n] (physics) the number of flux changes per unit area
[n] a flow or discharge
[n] the lines of force surrounding a permanent magnet or a moving charged particle
[n] excessive discharge of liquid from a cavity or organ (as in watery diarrhea)
[n] a substance added to molten metals to bond with impurities that can then be readily removed
[n] the rate of flow of energy or particles across a given surface
[v] mix together different elements; "The colors blend well"; "fuse the clutter of detail into a rich narrative"--A. Schlesinger
[v] become liquid or fluid; of a solid substance, when heated; "the frozen fat liquefied"
[v] move or progress freely as if in a stream; "The crowd flowed out of the stadium"



Webster (1913) Definition: Flux (fl[u^]ks), n. [L. fluxus, fr. fluere, fluxum, to
flow: cf.F. flux. See Fluent, and cf. 1st & 2d Floss,
Flush, n., 6.]
1. The act of flowing; a continuous moving on or passing by,
as of a flowing stream; constant succession; change.

By the perpetual flux of the liquids, a great part
of them is thrown out of the body. --Arbuthnot.

Her image has escaped the flux of things, And that
same infant beauty that she wore Is fixed upon her
now forevermore. --Trench.

Languages, like our bodies, are in a continual flux.
--Felton.

2. The setting in of the tide toward the shore, -- the ebb
being called the reflux.

3. The state of being liquid through heat; fusion.

4. (Chem. & Metal.) Any substance or mixture used to promote
the fusion of metals or minerals, as alkalies, borax,
lime, fluorite.

Note: White flux is the residuum of the combustion of a
mixture of equal parts of niter and tartar. It consists
chiefly of the carbonate of potassium, and is white. --
Black flux is the ressiduum of the combustion of one
part of niter and two of tartar, and consists
essentially of a mixture of potassium carbonate and
charcoal.

5. (Med.)
(a) A fluid discharge from the bowels or other part;
especially, an excessive and morbid discharge; as, the
bloody flux or dysentery. See Bloody flux.
(b) The matter thus discharged.

6. (Physics) The quantity of a fluid that crosses a unit area
of a given surface in a unit of time.


Flux, a. [L. fluxus, p. p. of fluere. See Flux, n.]
Flowing; unstable; inconstant; variable.

The flux nature of all things here. --Barrow.


Flux, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Fluxed (fl[u^]kst); p. pr. &
vb. n. Fluxing.]
1. To affect, or bring to a certain state, by flux.

He might fashionably and genteelly . . . have been
dueled or fluxed into another world. --South.

2. To cause to become fluid; to fuse. --Kirwan.

3. (Med.) To cause a discharge from; to purge.

Synonyms: blend, coalesce, combine, commingle, conflate, flow, flux density, fluxion, fuse, immix, liquefy, liquify, magnetic field, magnetic flux, meld, merge, mix

See Also: absorb, accrete, admix, alloy, blend in, change, change integrity, chemical, cockle, compactness, concentration, condense, conjugate, denseness, density, distil, distill, field, field of force, flow, flowing, force field, magnetosphere, melt, mix in, mix up, move, neutron flux, pathology, radiant flux, rate, riffle, ripple, ruffle, sluice, solar magnetic field, soldering flux, stump, syncretise, syncretize, thaw, transpirate, transpire, undulate, unfreeze, unthaw

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Famous Quotes Containing Flux:


Markets are constantly in a state of uncertainty and flux and money is make by discounting the obvious and betting on the unexpected.

-- George Soros (Hungarian Businessman)

When I came into the business, things changed a lot, and my life was in a real state of flux.

-- Rachael Leigh Cook (American Actress)

Death not merely ends life, it also bestows upon it a silent completeness, snatched from the hazardous flux to which all things human are subject.

-- Hannah Arendt (German Historian)

Existence is no more than the precarious attainment of relevance in an intensely mobile flux of past, present, and future.

-- Susan Sontag (American Author)

The moral world is as little exempt as the physical world from the law of ceaseless change, of perpetual flux.

-- James G. Frazer (Scottish Scientist)

'Pure experience' is the name I gave to the immediate flux of life which furnishes the material to our later reflection with its conceptual categories.

-- William James (American Philosopher)

Sense is a line, the mind is a circle. Sense is like a line which is the flux of a point running out from itself, but intellect like a circle that keeps within itself.

-- Ralph Cudworth (British Theologian)

Our affections as well as our bodies are in perpetual flux.

-- Jean Jacques Rousseau (Swiss Philosopher)

Everything is in a state of flux, including the status quo.

-- Robert Byrne (American Celebrity)

You're in this constant state of flux and transition, as if you had jet lag all the time. The acting part of it is easy. It's all the other things that come with it that are a bit difficult.

-- Don Johnson (American Actor)

Make your mold. The best flux in the world will not make a usable shape unless you have a mold to pour it in.

-- Robert Collier (American Publisher)

The constant flux and caprice of mental events do not admit of the establishment of stable experimental conditions.

-- Hermann Ebbinghaus (German Psychologist)

Beauty is our weapon against nature; by it we make objects, giving them limit, symmetry, proportion. Beauty halts and freezes the melting flux of nature.

-- Camille Paglia (American Author)

Things of this world are in so constant a flux, that nothing remains long in the same state.

-- John Locke (English Philosopher)

Design in art, is a recognition of the relation between various things, various elements in the creative flux. You can't invent a design. You recognize it, in the fourth dimension. That is, with your blood and your bones, as well as with your eyes.

-- David Herbert Lawrence (English Writer)

Most of these experiments required the reduction of the cosmic ray muon flux in order to be successful, and the group necessarily became expert in the operation of deep underground laboratories.

-- Frederick Reines (American Physicist)


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