• A group of birds that have suddenly started up from undergrowth, trees etc.
  • A sudden flowing; a rush which fills or overflows, as of water for cleansing purposes.
  • Particularly, such a cleansing of a toilet.
  • The process of clearing the contents of a buffer or cache.
  • A suffusion of the face with blood, as from fear, shame, modesty, or intensity of feeling of any kind; a blush; a glow.
  • Any tinge of red colour like that produced on the cheeks by a sudden rush of blood.
  • A sudden flood or rush of feeling; a thrill of excitement, animation, etc.
  • A hand consisting of all cards with the same suit.


  • To cause to take flight from concealment.
  • To take suddenly to flight, especially from cover.
  • To cleanse by flooding with generous quantities of a fluid.
  • Particularly, to cleanse a toilet by introducing a large amount of water.
  • To become suffused with reddish color due to embarrassment, excitement, overheating, or other systemic disturbance, to blush.
  • To cause to blush.
  • To cause to be full; to flood; to overflow; to overwhelm with water.
  • To excite, inflame.
  • To be cleansed by being flooded with generous quantities of water.
  • To clear (a buffer or cache) of its contents.
  • To write (the data) to primary storage, clearing it from the buffer or cache.
  • To flow and spread suddenly; to rush.
  • To show red; to shine suddenly; to glow.
  • To fill in (joints); to point the level; to make them flush.
  • To operate a placer mine, where the continuous supply of water is insufficient, by holding back the water, and releasing it periodically in a flood.
  • To fill underground spaces, especially in coal mines, with material carried by water, which, after drainage, constitutes a compact mass.
  • To dispose or be disposed of by flushing down a toilet



Similar words


  • From Middle English flusshen, fluschen, of uncertain origin. Perhaps related to Middle English flasshen, flasschen, flaschen, see flash; or a Middle English . Compare with German flutschen.
  • Same as Etymology 3, according to the American Heritage Dictionary.
  • Probably from Etymology 1 according to the American Heritage Dictionary.
  • Probably from Middle French flus, cognate with flux.

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