flow vs menstruation what difference

what is difference between flow and menstruation



  • enPR: flō
    • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /fləʊ/
    • (General American) IPA(key): /floʊ/
  • Homophones: floe, Flo
  • Rhymes: -əʊ

Etymology 1

From Middle English flowen, from Old English flōwan (to flow), from Proto-West Germanic *flōan, from Proto-Germanic *flōaną (to flow), from Proto-Indo-European *plōw-, lengthened o-grade form of *plew- (to fly, flow, run). Compare float.


flow (countable and uncountable, plural flows)

  1. Movement in people or things characterized with a continuous motion, involving either a non solid mass or a multitude
    Water flows from an open tap.
    Rumors flow from one person to the next.
  2. The movement of a real or figurative fluid.
  3. (mathematics) A formalization of the idea of the motion of particles in a fluid, as a group action of the real numbers on a set.
    The notion of flow is basic to the study of ordinary differential equations.
  4. The rising movement of the tide.
  5. Smoothness or continuity.
  6. The amount of a fluid that moves or the rate of fluid movement.
  7. A flow pipe, carrying liquid away from a boiler or other central plant (compare with return pipe which returns fluid to central plant).
  8. (psychology) A mental state characterized by concentration, focus and enjoyment of a given task.
  9. The emission of blood during menstruation.
  10. (rap music slang) The ability to skilfully rap along to a beat.
  11. (computing) The sequence of steps taken in a piece of software to perform some action. (Usually preceded by an attributive such as login or search.)
  • (continuity): See also Thesaurus:continuity
  • (movement of the tide): ebb
  • (continuity): See also Thesaurus:discontinuity
Derived terms
  • ebb and flow
  • flowchart
  • flowmeter
  • freeflow
  • single-flow
Further reading
  • flow on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • Flow (psychology) on Wikipedia.Wikipedia


flow (third-person singular simple present flows, present participle flowing, simple past and past participle flowed)

  1. (intransitive) To move as a fluid from one position to another.
    Rivers flow from springs and lakes.
    Tears flow from the eyes.
  2. (intransitive) To proceed; to issue forth.
    Wealth flows from industry and economy.
  3. (intransitive) To move or match smoothly, gracefully, or continuously.
    The writing is grammatically correct, but it just doesn’t flow.
    • , Dedication
      Virgil [] is [] sweet and flowing in his hexameters.
  4. (intransitive) To have or be in abundance; to abound, so as to run or flow over.
    • In that day [] the hills shall flow with milk.
    • 1845, John Wilson, The Genius and Character of Robert Burns
      the exhilaration of a night that needed not the influence of the flowing bowl
  5. (intransitive) To hang loosely and wave.
    a flowing mantle; flowing locks
    • March 11, 1788, Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist Papers
      the imperial purple flowing in his train
  6. (intransitive) To rise, as the tide; opposed to ebb.
    The tide flows twice in twenty-four hours.
  7. (transitive, computing) To arrange (text in a wordprocessor, etc.) so that it wraps neatly into a designated space; to reflow.
  8. (transitive) To cover with water or other liquid; to overflow; to inundate; to flood.
  9. (transitive) To cover with varnish.
  10. (intransitive) To discharge excessive blood from the uterus.
Derived terms
  • flowable, reflowable
  • free-flowing
  • overflow
  • underflow

Etymology 2

Uncertain. Perhaps from Old Norse flói (a large bay, firth), see floe. Compare Scots flow (peat-bog, marsh), Icelandic flói (marshy ground).


flow (plural flows)

  1. (Scotland) A morass or marsh.


  • “flow, n.2.”, in OED Online ⁠, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, launched 2000.
  • “flow, v., n.1” in the Dictionary of the Scots Language, Edinburgh: Scottish Language Dictionaries.


  • Wolf, fowl, wolf



  • IPA(key): /ˈflow/, [ˈflow]


flow m (plural flows)

  1. flow



menstruum +‎ -ation, modelled after Late Latin menstruatio. The word is cognate with French menstruation, Spanish menstruación.


  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˌmɛnstɹʊˈeɪʃn/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˌmɛnstɹuˈeɪʃ(ə)n/, /-stɹəˈweɪ-/, /ˌmɛnˈstɹeɪʃ(ə)n/ (the latter pronunciation leading to the spelling menstration)
  • Rhymes: -eɪʃən
  • Hyphenation: men‧stru‧a‧tion


menstruation (countable and uncountable, plural menstruations)

  1. The periodic discharging of the menses, the flow of blood and cells from the lining of the uterus in unfertilized females of humans and other primates.

Alternative forms

  • menstration (nonstandard, possibly proscribed)


  • See also Thesaurus:menstruation.

Related terms

  • menstrual
  • menstrual cycle
  • menstruate
  • menstruous
  • menarche
  • menopause


See also

  • PMT
  • tampon
  • sanitary towel


Further reading

  • menstruation on Wikipedia.Wikipedia




menstruation f (plural menstruations)

  1. menstruation; period


  • règles



menstruum +‎ -ation, modelled after Late Latin menstruatio. The word is cognate with French menstruation, English menstruation, Spanish menstruación.


menstruation c

  1. menstruation



  • menstruation in Svenska Akademiens ordlista (SAOL)
  • menstruation in Svenska Akademiens ordbok (SAOB)

Please follow and like us:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Social Share Buttons and Icons powered by Ultimatelysocial