flush

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English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

Middle English flusshen

Noun[edit]

flush (plural flushes)

  1. A group of birds that have suddenly started up from undergrowth, trees etc.
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, V.2:
      As when a Faulcon hath with nimble flight / Flowne at a flush of Ducks foreby the brooke […].

Verb[edit]

flush (third-person singular simple present flushes, present participle flushing, simple past and past participle flushed)

  1. (transitive) To cause to take flight from concealment.
    The hunters flushed the tiger from the canebrake.
  2. (intransitive) To take suddenly to flight, especially from cover.
    A covey of quail flushed from the undergrowth.
    • W. Browne
      flushing from one spray unto another
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Etymology 2[edit]

Same as #Etymology 3 according to the American Heritage Dictionary

Adjective[edit]

flush (comparative flusher, superlative flushest)

  1. smooth, even, aligned; not sticking out.
    Sand down the excess until it is flush with the surface.
  2. wealthy or well off.
    He just got a bonus so he's flush today.
  3. (typography) Short for flush left and right; a body of text aligned with both its left and right margins.
  4. Full of vigour; fresh; glowing; bright.
    • Shakespeare
      With all his crimes broad blown, as flush as May.
  5. Affluent; abounding; well furnished or suppled; hence, liberal; prodigal.
    • Arbuthnot
      Lord Strut was not very flush in ready.
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Etymology 3[edit]

Probably from #Etymology 1 according to American Heritage Dictionary

Noun[edit]

flush (plural flushes)

  1. A sudden flowing; a rush which fills or overflows, as of water for cleansing purposes.
    • Ray
      in manner of a wave or flush
  2. Particularly, such a cleansing of a toilet.
  3. A suffusion of the face with blood, as from fear, shame, modesty, or intensity of feeling of any kind; a blush; a glow.
    • Tennyson
      the flush of angered shame
  4. Any tinge of red colour like that produced on the cheeks by a sudden rush of blood.
    the flush on the side of a peach; the flush on the clouds at sunset
  5. A sudden flood or rush of feeling; a thrill of excitement, animation, etc.
    a flush of joy
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Verb[edit]

flush (third-person singular simple present flushes, present participle flushing, simple past and past participle flushed)

  1. (transitive) To cleanse by flooding with generous quantities of a fluid.
    Flush the injury with plenty of water.
  2. (transitive) Particularly, to cleanse a toilet by introducing a large amount of water.
  3. (intransitive) To become suffused with reddish color due to embarrassment, excitement, overheating, or other systemic disturbance, to blush.
    The damsel flushed at the scoundrel's suggestion.
  4. (transitive) To cause to blush.
    • John Gay
      Nor flush with shame the passing virgin's cheek.
    • Keats
      Sudden a thought came like a full-blown rose, / Flushing his brow.
    • 1925, Fruit of the Flower, by Countee Cullen
      "Who plants a seed begets a bud, -- Extract of that same root; -- Why marvel at the hectic blood -- That flushes this wild fruit?"
  5. To cause to be full; to flood; to overflow; to overwhelm with water.
    to flush the meadows
  6. (transitive) To excite, inflame.
    • South
      such things as can only feed his pride and flush his ambition
  7. (intransitive, of a toilet) To be cleansed by being flooded with generous quantities of water.
    There must be somebody home: I just heard the toilet flushing.
  8. (transitive, computing) To clear (a buffer) of its contents.
  9. To flow and spread suddenly; to rush.
    Blood flushes into the face.
    • Boyle
      the flushing noise of many waters
  10. To show red; to shine suddenly; to glow.
    • Milton
      In her cheek, distemper flushing glowed.
  11. (masonry) To fill in (joints); to point the level; to make them flush.
Usage notes[edit]

In sense “turn red with embarrassment”, blush is more common. More finely, in indicating the actual change, blush is more common – “He blushed with embarrassment” – but in indicating state, flushed is also common – “He was flushed with excitement”.

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  • (turn red with embarrassment): blush
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Etymology 4[edit]

Probably from Middle French flus (flow), cognate with flux

Noun[edit]

flush (plural flushes)

  1. (poker) A hand consisting of all cards with the same suit.
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French[edit]

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From English

Noun[edit]

flush m (plural flushs)

  1. (poker) flush

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Portuguese[edit]

Noun[edit]

flush m (plural flushes)

  1. (poker) flush (hand consisting of all cards with the same suit)