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[out-floh] /ˈaʊtˌfloʊ/
the act of flowing out:
We need flood control to stem the river's outflow.
something that flows out:
to measure the outflow in gallons per minute.
any outward movement:
the annual outflow of tourists.
Origin of outflow
1790-1800; out- + flow Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • By imposing a quota system, they can limit the outflow of beans from producing nations in times of oversupply.
  • It throttles the flow of energy in the body by adjusting the outflow of fatty acids to the needs of working cells.
  • Moreover, the company that was hired to keep tabs on the outflow of money existed mainly on paper.
  • Fill with water then pump water center inflow to edge outflow.
  • The resulting outflow is set to overwhelm the series of lakes and the stream that flows from that glacier.
  • But that outflow of deposits is also part of a longer-term trend away from corporate credit unions.
  • None of these programs can be set up quickly enough help stanch the outflow of jobs.
  • If bleeding does not occur, the doctor would check for obstructions that are preventing outflow of menstruation.
  • Nearby on the seabed, a large mesh basket is catching the outflow from the diver's hose.
  • The lakes are perennially covered with ice and have no outflow.
British Dictionary definitions for outflow


anything that flows out, such as liquid, money, ideas, etc
the amount that flows out
the act or process of flowing out
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Word Origin and History for outflow

1869, from out (adv.) + flow (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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