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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
flux /flʌks/USA pronunciation
n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
- a flowing or flow:[countable]a flux of traffic.
- continuous change or movement:[uncountable]Our plans are in a state of flux.
(fluks),USA pronunciation n.
- a flowing or flow.
- the flowing in of the tide.
- continuous change, passage, or movement:His political views are in a state of flux.
- the rate of flow of fluid, particles, or energy.
- a quantity expressing the strength of a field of force in a given area.
- Chemistry, Metallurgy
- a substance used to refine metals by combining with impurities to form a molten mixture that can be readily removed.
- a substance used to remove oxides from and prevent further oxidation of fused metal, as in soldering or hot-dip coating.
- (in the refining of scrap or other metal) a salt or mixture of salts that combines with nonmetallic impurities, causing them to float or coagulate.
- to melt;
- to fuse by the use of flux.
- [Obs.]to purge.
- to flow.
- Latin fluxus a flowing, equivalent. to fluc-, variant stem of fluere to flow + -tus suffix of verb, verbal action, with ct x
- Middle English 1350–1400
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged course, current, flood, stream.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
flux /flʌks/ n
- a flow or discharge
- continuous change; instability
- a substance, such as borax or salt, that gives a low melting-point mixture with a metal oxide. It is used for cleaning metal surfaces during soldering, etc, and for protecting the surfaces of liquid metals
- a chemical used to increase the fluidity of refining slags in order to promote the rate of chemical reaction
- the rate of flow of particles, energy, or a fluid, through a specified area, such as that of neutrons (neutron flux) or of light energy (luminous flux)
- the strength of a field in a given area expressed as the product of the area and the component of the field strength at right angles to the area: magnetic flux, electric flux
- an excessive discharge of fluid from the body, such as watery faeces in diarrhoea
Etymology: 14th Century: from Latin fluxus a flow, from fluere to flow
- to make or become fluid
- (transitive) to apply flux to (a metal, soldered joint, etc)
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