Meaning of flux


The noun flux describes something that constantly changes. If your likes, dislikes, attitudes, dreams, and even friends are changing all the time, you may be in flux.

Flux can also mean being unsure about a decision. Suppose you just had a great job interview and suddenly your friend invites you to go to Australia with her. You don’t know what to do because you don’t want to miss a call about the job — or Sydney! You’re in flux until you hear from the potential employer. Another kind of flux is liquid moving or flowing, like the flux of water under a sheet of melting ice.

Definitions of flux
  1. noun

    constant change

    “his opinions are in
    “the newness and
    flux of the computer industry”
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    the action of changing something

  2. noun

    a state of uncertainty about what should be done (usually following some important event) preceding the establishment of a new direction of action

    flux following the death of the emperor”

    state of flux

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    the way something is with respect to its main attributes

  3. noun

    a flow or discharge



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    flow, flowing

    the motion characteristic of fluids (liquids or gases)

  4. noun

    the lines of force surrounding a permanent magnet or a moving charged particle


    magnetic field, magnetic flux

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    the magnetic field of a planet; the volume around the planet in which charged particles are subject more to the planet’s magnetic field than to the solar magnetic field
    solar magnetic field

    the magnetic field of the sun
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    field, field of force, force field

    the space around a radiating body within which its electromagnetic oscillations can exert force on another similar body not in contact with it

  5. noun

    the rate of flow of energy or particles across a given surface

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    neutron flux

    the rate of flow of neutrons; the number of neutrons passing through a unit area in unit time
    radiant flux

    the rate of flow of radiant energy (electromagnetic waves)
    luminous flux

    the rate of flow of light energy
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    a magnitude or frequency relative to a time unit

  6. noun

    (physics) the number of changes in energy flow across a given surface per unit area


    flux density

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    denseness, density

    the amount per unit size

  7. noun

    excessive discharge of liquid from a cavity or organ (as in watery diarrhea)

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    any deviation from a healthy or normal condition

  8. verb

    move or progress freely as if in a stream



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    cockle, riffle, ripple, ruffle, undulate

    stir up (water) so as to form ripples
    transpirate, transpire

    pass through the tissue or substance or its pores or interstices, as of gas
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    move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

  9. verb

    become liquid or fluid when heated


    liquefy, liquify

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    condense, distil, distill

    undergo condensation; change from a gaseous to a liquid state and fall in drops
    dethaw, dissolve, melt, thaw, unfreeze, unthaw

    become or cause to become soft or liquid

    become plastic or fluid or liquefied from heat

    melt or become liquid by absorbing moisture from the air
    de-ice, defrost, deice

    make or become free of frost or ice
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    change integrity

    change in physical make-up

  10. noun

    a substance added to molten metals to bond with impurities that can then be readily removed

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    soldering flux

    flux applied to surfaces that are to be joined by soldering; flux cleans the surfaces and results in a better bond
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    chemical, chemical substance

    material produced by or used in a reaction involving changes in atoms or molecules

  11. verb

    mix together different elements


    blend, coalesce, combine, commingle, conflate, fuse, immix, meld, merge, mix

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    mix in specific proportions

    cause to become one with
    meld, melt

    lose its distinct outline or shape; blend gradually
    blend in, mix in

    cause (something) to be mixed with (something else)

    grow together (of plants and organs)

    unite chemically so that the product is easily broken down into the original compounds

    mix or blend

    make an alloy of
    syncretise, syncretize

    become fused
    cut in

    mix in with cutting motions
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    change integrity

    change in physical make-up

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