Definition of influx in English:



  • 1An arrival or entry of large numbers of people or things.

    ‘a massive influx of tourists’
    • ‘It is already acknowledged there will be a massive influx of the gipsy population of these countries.’
    • ‘Such an influx of refugees did a great deal to anger the respective governments of those countries that took in the refugees.’
    • ‘The report shows civil servants are making contingency plans for an influx of 14m new arrivals.’
    • ‘Neighbouring Iran said it was sealing its border with Afghanistan to prevent a possible influx of refugees.’
    • ‘Iran has had to endure 20 years of coping with massive influxes of Afghan refugees fleeing the Soviet invasion and the subsequent civil wars.’
    • ‘The current saga over refugee influxes would pale in comparison to the thousands of Indonesians fleeing a balkanising archipelago.’
    • ‘The last thing they want is a massive influx of workers and young people into political life.’
    • ‘The Russian revolution which began in 1917 led the a large influx of Russian refugees to Harbin.’
    • ‘There have been influxes of refugees from the civil war in neighboring Central African Republic and of well-paid oil workers who drove up food prices.’
    • ‘With a massive influx of new cheap, inbound flights this year, visitors will find the city is tops for shopping and history.’
    • ‘Where are the massive influx of new shoppers heading to the Moors Centre going to park?’
    • ‘The UN was yesterday preparing for a massive refugee influx into the border region.’
    • ‘Cambodia has sent more than 400 police officers and soldiers to its eastern border with Vietnam to prevent further influxes of Vietnamese refugees, a provincial police chief said Monday.’
    • ‘It has joined a growing list of American towns that have attracted large influxes of immigrants and refugees with jobs in meatpacking plants.’
    • ‘York has also the tourist network to deal with the massive influx in numbers crowding the city's hotels.’
    • ‘This means that on current trajectories, absent massive new influxes of immigrants, Europe's population is set to age still further and to enter into an indefinite decline.’
    • ‘The influx of ‘tax refugees’ would make it even harder for Scots to study close to home.’
    • ‘When it comes to Spain and Italy, they are suffering from the massive influx of foreigners to their leagues.’
    • ‘War would not only sever these supplies, but would also provoke a big influx of refugees.’
    • ‘The influx of refugees from civil strife in Somalia and Sudan keeps the numbers changing.’
    inundation, inrush, rush, stream, flood, incursion, ingress
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  • 2An inflow of water into a river, lake, or the sea.

    ‘the lakes are fed by influxes of meltwater’
    • ‘Thus, osmolytes are needed to provide the driving force for water influx to increase turgor.’
    • ‘Despite the oceanic setting, the incoming Atlantic Plate carries significant sedimentary and biogenic influxes derived from nearby South America.’
    • ‘This melting of the ice caps causes an influx of fresh water into the salt water of the world's oceans.’
    • ‘Cell division is followed by the influx of water, which drives cell extension.’
    • ‘One suggestion is the idea that sulphate and phosphate influxes into the stroma of the plastid are linked.’
    • ‘The lower Texas coast is on the ‘dirty’ side of the storm, virtually guaranteeing strong influxes of rich Gulf water into the major bays and estuaries.’
    • ‘The environment of this particular limestone during the Pliocene was shallow open marine and was probably near a point where constant influxes from a river were common.’
    • ‘L-valine was supplied at a concentration of 1.12 M. Initial influxes are expressed in pmol mg - 1 protein min - 1. Effect of osmotic shock.’
    • ‘Finally, the bulk flow that drives translocation requires the influx of water into sieve elements.’
    • ‘The half-mile long jetty acts as a trap to hold the influxes.’
    • ‘Placing cells in a hypoosmotic environment leads to the influx of water into the cell.’
    • ‘It is considered likely that mineralization was episodic and resulted from a series of influxes of acidic fluids.’
    • ‘Preservation of fossils in the lower part of the Benbolt Formation was enhanced by periodic influxes of terrigenous mud, which also facilitate collection and cleaning.’
    • ‘More fully enclosed lagoons and inlets, like Peard Bay and Wainwright Inlet on the Chukchi Sea coast, are less susceptible to influxes of high-salinity water from offshore.’
    • ‘By providing your body with frequent and plentiful influxes of aminos, you are sending it the message that it does not need to tear down muscle mass.’
    inflow, inrush, flood, inundation
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Late 16th century (denoting an inflow of liquid, gas, or light): from late Latin influxus, from influere flow in (see influence).