1 [fluhsh]
a blush; rosy glow: a flush of embarrassment on his face.
a rushing or overspreading flow, as of water.
a sudden rise of emotion or excitement: a flush of anger.
glowing freshness or vigor: the flush of youth.
hot flush, hot flash.
a cleansing preparation that acts by flushing: an oil flush for the car's engine.
verb (used with object)
to redden; cause to blush or glow: Winter air flushed the children's cheeks.
to flood or spray thoroughly with water, as for cleansing purposes: They flushed the wall with water and then scrubbed it down.
to wash out (a sewer, toilet, etc.) by a sudden rush of water.
to remove slag from (a blast furnace).
to spray (a coke oven) to cool the gases generated and wash away the ammonia and tars distilled.
to animate or excite; inflame: flushed with success.
verb (used without object)
to blush; redden.
to flow with a rush; flow and spread suddenly.
to operate by flushing; undergo flushing: The toilet won't flush.

1540–50; perhaps extended senses of flush3; compare similar phonesthemic elements and meanings of blush, gush, flash

flushable, adjective
flusher, noun
flushingly, adverb
flushness, noun

3. access, rush, flood, impulse, thrill.
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flush1 (flʌʃ)
1.  to blush or cause to blush
2.  to flow or flood or cause to flow or flood with or as if with water
3.  to glow or shine or cause to glow or shine with a rosy colour
4.  to send a volume of water quickly through (a pipe, channel, etc) or into (a toilet) for the purpose of cleansing, emptying, etc
5.  to cause (soluble substances in the soil) to be washed towards the surface, as by the action of underground springs, or (of such substances) to be washed towards the soil surface
6.  (tr; usually passive) to excite or elate
7.  a rosy colour, esp in the cheeks; blush
8.  a sudden flow or gush, as of water
9.  a feeling of excitement or elation: the flush of success
10.  early bloom; freshness: the flush of youth
11.  redness of the skin, esp of the face, as from the effects of a fever, alcohol, etc
12.  ecology an area of boggy land fed by ground water
13.  having a ruddy or heightened colour
[C16 (in the sense: to gush forth): perhaps from flush³]

flush2 (flʌʃ)
1.  level or even with another surface
2.  directly adjacent; continuous
3.  informal having plenty of money
4.  informal abundant or plentiful, as money
5.  full of vigour
6.  full to the brim or to the point of overflowing
7.  printing having an even margin, right or left, with no indentations
8.  (of a blow) accurately delivered
9.  (of a vessel) having no superstructure built above the flat level of the deck
10.  so as to be level or even
11.  directly or squarely
12.  to cause (surfaces) to be on the same level or in the same plane
13.  to enrich the diet of (an ewe) during the breeding season
14.  a period of fresh growth of leaves, shoots, etc
[C18: probably from flush1 (in the sense: spring out)]

flush3 (flʌʃ)
(tr) to rouse (game, wild creatures, etc) and put to flight
[C13 flusshen, perhaps of imitative origin]

flush4 (flʌʃ)
(in poker and similar games) a hand containing only one suit
[C16: from Old French flus, from Latin fluxusflux]

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Word Origin & History

"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 (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). The noun sense of "sudden redness in the face" (1620s) probably belongs here, too. "A very puzzling word" [Weekley]. Related: Flushed flushing.

"even, level," c.1550, perhaps from flush (v.) through the notion of a river running full, hence level with its banks. Applied to money since at least c.1600.

"hand of cards all of one suit," 1529, 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). The form in Eng. probably was influenced by flush (v.).
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Medical Dictionary

flush 1 (flŭsh)
v. flushed, flush·ing, flush·es

  1. To turn red, as from fever, heat, or strong emotion; blush.

  2. To clean, rinse, or empty with a rapid flow of a liquid, especially water.

  1. An act of cleansing or rinsing with a flow of water.

  2. A reddening of the skin, as with fever, emotion, or exertion.

  3. A brief sensation of heat over all or part of the body.

Having surfaces in the same plane; even.
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