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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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  • The inflow and the outflow of labor and capital are more or less rapid in the various industries.

    The Principles of Economics Frank A. Fetter
  • I pitied her, and I saw by Bob's looks that he was not at all behind me in the outflow of his sympathy.

    Seek and Find Oliver Optic
  • Smith was not sorry that the outflow of paternal pride was checked.

  • Many rivers run into the lake, the only outflow being by the Angara.

    Condemned as a Nihilist George Alfred Henty
  • The rise on the Continent continued, and the outflow recommenced.

  • And still others which boiled furiously but had no outflow at all.

    A Summer's Outing Carter H. Harrison
  • And will it not continue to fall as long as the outflow goes on?

    The Arena Various
  • Its outflow was unknown, and the theory was that it was one of a long chain which fed the Nile.

    Stanley in Africa James P. Boyd
  • An outflow of up to 100,000 persons from the rural areas would therefore be necessary to meet the estimated manpower needs.

    Area Handbook for Albania Eugene K. Keefe
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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