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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