Definition of flowing in English:



  • 1(especially of long hair or clothing) hanging or draping loosely and gracefully.

    ‘a long flowing gown of lavender silk’
    • ‘Another option is a pull-on skirt - choose either a straight or softly flowing style.’
    • ‘The flowing hair and the thick beard, like an Old Testament prophet's, are intact; the lean figure and upright posture as taut as ever.’
    • ‘Love the suit jackets and the flowing dress shirts.’
    • ‘She rode on the ocean's surface with the moon illuminating her flowing hair and garments.’
    • ‘The flowing hair was being braided neatly as she sat, satisfied, near a window seat, chatting with her companion.’
    • ‘His wife and business partner, Elizabeth, is also in black, a flowing dress that echoes her glossy black hair and highlights her porcelain-pale skin.’
    • ‘He was dressed in dark flowing clothing; she couldn't place the colour in the darkness.’
    • ‘Some of them were talking to the young woman, conservatively-dressed in blouse and flowing skirt with suit jacket, standing beside them.’
    • ‘He brushed his flowing hair behind his ears and leant forwards towards the wiry man, who was one of his ‘intrepid explorers’.’
    • ‘Favorite materials are flowing and elegant fabrics, like brocade, lace, satin, chiffon.’
    • ‘The dress Allie was wearing was a strapless white and flowing gown that fell to her ankles.’
    • ‘She stood in the hallway in another one of her typical flowing dresses, her hair tied up this time and a small pair of silver glasses resting on her nose.’
    • ‘She wore a flowing dress of light lavender, a complement to the slight olive tint of her skin.’
    • ‘She fluffed her flowing hair and smiled charmingly at me.’
    • ‘He sat next to her, and as she brushed her incredibly long flowing hair out of the way, her lonely but beautiful blue eyes met his deep brown ones.’
    • ‘Bring a festive, flowing robe (maybe some flowers in your hair) and leave your inhibitions at the door.’
    • ‘Ryo Hazuki, the title's central character, is a perfectly realised virtual human, right down to his flowing hair.’
    • ‘Cassie always wanted to have long flowing hair like her mother.’
    • ‘The technology will help women realise their dream of long, beautiful healthy flowing hair like Rapunzel's.’
    • ‘Tall and beautiful, with long, fair, flowing locks, Griffin could be a schoolteacher, a college lecturer or a trendy university librarian.’
    loose, hanging free, hanging loose, unconfined
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    1. 1.1(of a line or contour) smoothly continuous.
      ‘the flowing curves of the lawn’
      • ‘Ascending along this road, you open a valley broad and shallow, a wide green trough of pastures and hedges merging inland into a vista of purple tints and flowing lines closing the view.’
      • ‘Romantic art appeals strongly to people's emotions and usually consists of flowing lines and shapes.’
      • ‘That sloping top tube extends the flowing lines to the rear triangle a treat.’
      • ‘The flowing contours reflect and resolve the different scales of the various parts of the building.’
      • ‘The images of the flower, bird and star were reproduced with smooth, flowing lines.’
      • ‘You are clothed in a raiment of ecru, perfectly molded to your smooth flowing curves.’
      • ‘They have transformed the Folly's exhibition space with flowing lines, several six-feet partitions and books detailing each person and their journey.’
      • ‘The forms he invented are usually very simple: they are slender and curving and create continuous flowing lines.’
      • ‘It has no sharp edges, only non-aggressive flowing lines.’
      • ‘It looks more adventurous, too, what with its curvy rump, flowing lines and funky lights fore and aft.’
      • ‘A snake slithered over its flowing contours, settling into a small hollow beneath the mound.’
      • ‘Melody was expressed by line, tempi by flowing curves or short zigzags, and pitch by nuances of colour.’
      • ‘From the ground, the flowing lines of the columns that used to rise skyward to a height of 1,360 approximately looked like the slim trunks of a closely planted row of trees.’
      • ‘The car's flowing lines and sleek profile hint at Volkswagen's design influence.’
      • ‘Forget the visual overload philosophy of Ferrari or Lamborghini, beautiful flowing lines and soft curves is where it's at.’
      • ‘Curves are some of the most beautiful thing that nature has given us, the flowing lines, smooth and gentle.’
      • ‘The pilot had a throw-over hatch that conformed to the flowing line on the canopy.’
      • ‘If necessary, grinding should be done to maintain smooth flowing contours.’
      • ‘Deliberately avoiding the gothic style of classic trophies, he chose sleek, flowing lines in a rising tribute to sporting achievement.’
      • ‘The flowing lines and sweeping shapes of a little-known medieval sculptor are enough to tarnish Rodin's reputation.’
      sleek, streamlined, trim, aerodynamic, smooth, clean, uncluttered, unfussy
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    2. 1.2(of language, movement, or style) graceful and fluent.
      ‘a flowing prose style’
      • ‘Her detractors gleefully held up her lack of articulateness in comparison to the flowing narrative of her prose.’
      • ‘It would be untrue to suggest, however, that the attractive, flowing style evinced by this team stems directly from Kerr's football philosophy.’
      • ‘Sir Samuel has a flowing style of writing that never gets bogged down or turgid.’
      • ‘Therefore, in a kata demonstration competition, I think our style might be no match for the flowing style of others.’
      • ‘Most they put immediately back because they were written in Dimish and the Neraks could not read the graceful, flowing script.’
      • ‘Others paid tribute to a man who gave the impression that he wrote with all the time in the world, in an easy flowing style.’
      • ‘On the other hand Calsy had more of a ballet dancer's with his flowing and graceful moves as he nailed each step at the exact time he was told.’
      • ‘His writing is graceful, flowing and confident.’
      • ‘Williams writes with a clear and flowing style; he also furnishes the historian with a paradigm for writing a college's history.’
      • ‘Scrupulously researched and presented in an open, flowing prose, these works have reached a far wider audience than those of the majority of academic social historians.’
      • ‘The varied and consistently gifted voices use flowing prose to honor myriad erotic expressions of black sensuality.’
      • ‘He has produced a comfortable read with flowing prose and bite-sized chapters.’
      • ‘Each movement was flowing and graceful, as delicate as a butterfly.’
      • ‘His racquet moves in graceful, flowing patterns, each follow-through full and intentional.’
      • ‘Throughout his book, White maintains a flowing style and compresses a large number of facts into a highly readable history.’
      • ‘If their flowing style isn't working - usually when Henry is off the boil - they are dead.’
      • ‘The book and the tale of Wright's contribution to Loyalist terror are made even more gripping by Anderson's flowing writing style.’
      fluent, fluid, free-flowing, effortless, easy, natural, smooth, unbroken, uninterrupted, continuous, graceful, elegant
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