flush

{{11}}flush (adj.) 1550s, "perfect, faultless;" c.1600, "abundant; plentifully supplied (with money, etc.)," perhaps from FLUSH (Cf. flush) (v.) through the notion of a river running full, hence level with its banks. Meaning "even, level" is from 1620s.
{{12}}flush (n.) "hand of cards all of one suit," 1520s, perhaps from M.Fr. flus (15c.), from O.Fr. flux "a flowing," with the sense of "a run" (of cards), from L. fluxus "flux," from fluere "to flow" (see FLUENT (Cf. fluent)). The form in English probably was influenced by flush (v.).
{{12}}flush (v.) "fly up suddenly," c.1300, perhaps imitative of the sound of beating wings, or related to flash via its variant flushe. Probably not connected to O.Fr. flux, source of FLUSH (Cf. flush) (n.). Transitive meaning "to cause to fly, start" is first attested mid-15c. The sense of "spurt, rush out suddenly, flow with force" (1540s) is probably the same word, with the connecting notion being "sudden movement," but its senses seem more to fit the older ones of flash (now all transferred to this word except in flash flood). Meaning "cleanse a drain, etc., with a rush of water" is from 1789. The noun sense of "sudden redness in the face" (1620s) probably belongs here, too. The verb in this sense is from 1660s. "A very puzzling word" [Weekley]. Related: Flushed; flushing.

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  • flush — [ flɶʃ; flɔʃ ] n. m. • 1896; mot angl.; o. i., p. ê. de flux, employé dans ce sens ♦ Anglic. Au poker, Réunion de cinq cartes de la même couleur. Des flushs ou des flushes. Quinte flush : quinte dans la même couleur. ⊗ HOM. Floche. ● flush,… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

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  • Flush — Flush, v. t. 1. To cause to be full; to flood; to overflow; to overwhelm with water; as, to flush the meadows; to flood for the purpose of cleaning; as, to flush a sewer. [1913 Webster] 2. To cause the blood to rush into (the face); to put to the …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Flush — Flush, n. 1. A sudden flowing; a rush which fills or overflows, as of water for cleansing purposes. [1913 Webster] In manner of a wave or flush. Ray. [1913 Webster] 2. A suffusion of the face with blood, as from fear, shame, modesty, or intensity …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • flush — flush1 [flush] vi. [complex of several words, with senses FLASH & ME flusshen, to fly up suddenly, blended with echoic elements; “flow” senses < ? or akin to OFr fluir (stem fluiss ), to flow] 1. to flow and spread suddenly and rapidly 2. to… …   English World dictionary

  • Flush — (engl. flush für Rausch, Schwall, Spülung) steht für: bei der Teeernte die Ernte im Frühling (first flush) oder im Frühsommer (second flush), siehe Tee eine Kartenhand beim Pokerspiel, siehe Hand (Poker) eine Rötung der Haut oder die… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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