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flow vb. (pa. pple. once “flown” All'sW. II. i. 142)
1. to circulate Meas. I. iii. 52 “Lord Angelo . . . scarce confesses That his blood f-s,” Cym. III. iii. 93 “The princely blood flows in his cheek.”
2. “flow over,” overflow Ant. V. ii. 24.
3. fig. to issue (“from” a source) Per. IV. iii. 27 “he did not From honourable sources” ; cf. All'sW. II. i. 142 “great floods have flown From simple sources.”
4. (of the sea, &c.) to rise and advance AYL. II. vii. 72 “Doth it” (sc. pride) “not as hugely as the sea.”
5. to rise and overflow (fig.) Troil. V. ii. 39 “You to great distraction.”
6. to overflow with tears H8 Prol. 4, Cor. V. iii. 99, Sonn. xxx. 5 “an eye, unus'd to flow.”
7. to abound “in,” overflow “with” Ado IV. i. 251, Wint. V. i. 102 “your verse F-'d with her beauty once,” Rom. II. iv. 42 “the numbers that Petrarch flowed in.”
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