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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Flux  \Flux\,  a.  [L.  fluxus  p.  p.  of  fluere  See  {Flux},  n.] 
  Flowing;  unstable;  inconstant;  variable. 
 
  The  flux  nature  of  all  things  here  --Barrow. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Flux  \Flux\  (fl[u^]ks),  n.  [L.  fluxus  fr  fluere  fluxum  to 
  flow:  cf.F.  flux.  See  {Fluent},  and  cf  1st  &  2d  {Floss}, 
  {Flush},  n.,  6.] 
  1.  The  act  of  flowing;  a  continuous  moving  on  or  passing  by 
  as  of  a  flowing  stream;  constant  succession;  change. 
 
  By  the  perpetual  flux  of  the  liquids,  a  great  part 
  of  them  is  thrown  out  of  the  body.  --Arbuthnot. 
 
  Her  image  has  escaped  the  flux  of  things  And  that 
  same  infant  beauty  that  she  wore  Is  fixed  upon  her 
  now  forevermore.  --Trench. 
 
  Languages,  like  our  bodies,  are  in  a  continual  flux. 
  --Felton. 
 
  2.  The  setting  in  of  the  tide  toward  the  shore,  --  the  ebb 
  being  called  the  {reflux}. 
 
  3.  The  state  of  being  liquid  through  heat;  fusion. 
 
  4.  (Chem.  &  Metal.)  Any  substance  or  mixture  used  to  promote 
  the  fusion  of  metals  or  minerals,  as  alkalies,  borax, 
  lime,  fluorite. 
 
  Note:  {White  flux}  is  the  residuum  of  the  combustion  of  a 
  mixture  of  equal  parts  of  niter  and  tartar.  It  consists 
  chiefly  of  the  carbonate  of  potassium,  and  is  white.  -- 
  {Black  flux}  is  the  ressiduum  of  the  combustion  of  one 
  part  of  niter  and  two  of  tartar,  and  consists 
  essentially  of  a  mixture  of  potassium  carbonate  and 
  charcoal. 
 
  5.  (Med.) 
  a  A  fluid  discharge  from  the  bowels  or  other  part 
  especially,  an  excessive  and  morbid  discharge;  as  the 
  bloody  flux  or  dysentery.  See  {Bloody  flux}. 
  b  The  matter  thus  discharged. 
 
  6.  (Physics)  The  quantity  of  a  fluid  that  crosses  a  unit  area 
  of  a  given  surface  in  a  unit  of  time. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Flux  \Flux\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Fluxed}  (fl[u^]kst);  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Fluxing}.] 
  1.  To  affect,  or  bring  to  a  certain  state,  by  flux. 
 
  He  might  fashionably  and  genteelly  .  .  .  have  been 
  dueled  or  fluxed  into  another  world.  --South. 
 
  2.  To  cause  to  become  fluid;  to  fuse.  --Kirwan. 
 
  3.  (Med.)  To  cause  a  discharge  from  to  purge. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  flux 
  n  1:  the  rate  of  flow  of  energy  or  particles  across  a  given 
  surface 
  2:  a  flow  or  discharge  [syn:  {fluxion}] 
  3:  a  substance  added  to  molten  metals  to  bond  with  impurities 
  that  can  then  be  readily  removed 
  4:  the  lines  of  force  surrounding  a  permanent  magnet  or  a 
  moving  charged  particle  [syn:  {magnetic  field},  {magnetic 
  flux}] 
  5:  (physics)  the  number  of  flux  changes  per  unit  area  [syn:  {flux 
  density}] 
  6:  in  constant  change:  "his  opinions  are  in  flux" 




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