flux

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French flux, from Latin fluxus (flow).

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Noun[edit]

flux (plural fluxes)

  1. The act of flowing; a continuous moving on or passing by, as of a flowing stream.
    • Arbuthnot
      By the perpetual flux of the liquids, a great part of them is thrown out of the body.
  2. A state of ongoing change.
    The schedule is in flux at the moment.
    • Trench
      Her image has escaped the flux of things, / And that same infant beauty that she wore / Is fixed upon her now forevermore.
    • Felton
      Languages, like our bodies, are in a continual flux.
  3. A chemical agent for cleaning metal prior to soldering or welding.
    It is important to use flux when soldering or oxides on the metal will prevent a good bond.
  4. (physics) The rate of transfer of energy (or another physical quantity) through a given surface, specifically electric flux, magnetic flux.
    That high a neutron flux would be lethal in seconds.
  5. (archaic) A disease which causes diarrhea, especially dysentery.
  6. (archaic) diarrhea or other fluid discharge from the body
  7. The state of being liquid through heat; fusion.

Antonyms[edit]

  • (state of ongoing change): stasis

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Verb[edit]

flux (third-person singular simple present fluxes, present participle fluxing, simple past and past participle fluxed)

  1. To use flux.
    You have to flux the joint before soldering.
  2. To melt.
  3. To flow as a liquid.

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Adjective[edit]

flux (not comparable)

  1. (uncommon) Flowing; unstable; inconstant; variable.
    • a. 1677, Isaac Barrow, "On Contentment", Sermon XL, in The Theological Works, Volume 2, Clarendon Press, 1818, page 375:
      The flux nature of all things here.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Latin fluxus.

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Noun[edit]

flux m (plural flux)

  1. flow (the flow of the tide)

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Old French[edit]

Noun[edit]

flux m (oblique plural flux, nominative singular flux, nominative plural flux)

  1. diarrhea (rapid passage of fecal matter through the bowels)

Romanian[edit]

Noun[edit]

flux n

  1. flow (The flow of the tide)