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From Middle English outflowen, from late Old English ūtflōwan (attested in the past tense as ūt flēow), equivalent to out- + flow. The noun is derived from the verb.
outflow (countable and uncountable, plural outflows)
- The process of flowing out.
- A fluid that flows out.
- December 2020, Tim Folger, “North America’s most valuable resource is at risk”, in National Geographic:
- Borg’s home, which he built with his wife and two sons among tall conifers 33 years ago, overlooks the Nipigon River, an outflow from the lake of the same name.
- Any outward movement.
- (astronomy) A stream of gaseous material emanating from an active galactic nucleus.
- The part of a system that allows material to flow out.
- (sewage) Something that flows out of a sewage treatment plant.
- bipolar outflow
- circumstellar outflow
- galactic outflow
- galactic-scale outflow
- mass outflow
- molecular outflow
Process of flowing out
outflow (third-person singular simple present outflows, present participle outflowing, simple past and past participle outflowed)
- (intransitive) To flow outward.
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