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Flourish

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun flourish:

fanfareflourish

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb flourish:

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Flourish (en embellishment or ornamentation) is considered to be an advanced word, according to the Barron's essential words for the GRE, which includes 800 college- and graduate-level words that frequently appear on the Graduate Record Exam.

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Definition of the noun flourish

What does flourish mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: flourishes

  1. a showy gesture
    • example: she entered with a great flourish
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic words: gesture / motion = the use of movements (especially of the hands) to communicate familiar or prearranged signals
  2. an ornamental embellishment in writing
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic word: embellishment = a superfluous ornament
    • more specific word: paraph = a flourish added after or under your signature
  3. a display of ornamental speech or language
  4. the act of waving
  5. (music) a short lively tune played on brass instruments

Alternative definition of the noun flourish

noun

  1. A dramatic gesture such as the waving of a flag.
  2. An ornamentation.
  3. [music] A ceremonious passage such as a fanfare.
  4. [architecture] An unnecessary, decorative embellishment, on a building.

Definition of the verb flourish

What does flourish mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: flourished | flourishing | flourishes

  1. grow vigorously
  2. make steady progress; be at the high point in one's career or reach a high point in historical significance or importance
  3. move or swing back and forth
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonyms of flourish: brandish / wave
    • more generic words: displace / move = cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
    • more specific word: wigwag = send a signal by waving a flag or a light according to a certain code
    • entailment: hold / take hold = have or hold in one's hands or grip

Alternative definition of the verb flourish

verb

  1. [intransitive] To thrive or grow well.
  2. [intransitive] To prosper or fare well.
  3. [intransitive] To be in a period of greatest influence.
  4. [transitive] To make bold, sweeping movements with.

Film

"Flourish" is a 2006 film written, produced and directed by Kevin Palys and starring Jennifer Morrison, Jesse Spencer, Leighton Meester, and Ian Brennan.

Music

  1. "Flourish" is a musical album of Katie McNally.
    • released in
  2. "Flourish" is a musical album of Nick Hennies.
    • released on

Miscellanea

Flourish: A flourish is a juggling club trick in which the performer spins the club around his fingers. The club actually makes two revolutions around its center of gravity, once on the medial side of the juggler's hand and once on the lateral side.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Flourish

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Google previewSword Fighting in the Star Wars Universe (2008)

Historical Origins, Style and Philosophy by Nick Jamilla

The simple flourish is the flipping of the lightsaber hilt by dropping the point, and flipping it back, and then up and forward by...

The complex flourish is a combination of martially ...

Google previewThe Abyss (2016)

by James Bèyor

All fear needs to flourish is that feelings be distrusted and for law to make all ...

Google previewTeaching History at University (2013)

Enhancing Learning and Understanding by Alan Booth

Creating the conditions in which high-quality learning can flourish is the first priority of teaching in any subject. As Biggs (1999: 25) remarks, 'the context that we set up is at the core of teaching', Whilst encouraging student ...

Google previewWriting Interactive Music for Video Games (2014)

A Composer's Guide by Michael Sweet

or musical flourish is a short musical phrase or cue (usually less than 10 seconds) that emphasizes a gameplay event. A stinger can play on top of whatever music is currently playing or it can play by itself, depending on its function within the ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Sexual Language and Imagery in Shakespearean and Stuart Literature (2001)

Three Volume Set Volume I A-F Volume II G-P Volume III Q-Z by Gordon Williams

flourish 'To enjoy a woman in a hasty manner, to take a flyer' (Grose 1788). Ex standard sense of brandishing a ...

Google previewThe Practitioner's Encyclopedia of Flower Remedies (2014)

The Definitive Guide to All Flower Essences, their Making and Uses by Clare G. Harvey

The Flourish Formulas and the Range of Light Flower Essences are Richard's and ...

Google previewEncyclopedia Of Occult Scienses Vol. III Chiromancy (Palmistry) And Graphology (2015)

by Poinsot, Maffeo

A flourish after the signature ending in a point denotes the aggressively militant ( Robespierre). Yatagan-shaped—the combative fighter (Henri Rochefort). Vertical or almost —brain predominant (Pasteur), with signs of will-power if it thickens, ...

Google previewDictionary of the Artists of Antiquity (1837)

Architects, Carvers, Engravers, Modellers, Painters, Sculptors, Statuaries, and Workers in Bronze, Gold, Ivory, and Silver, with Three Chronological Tables by Karl Julius Sillig

mian Statuaries, probably flourish about this iry, ...

Google previewPansegrouw's Crossword Dictionary (1994)

by Louisa Pansegrouw

meal, powder, speckle, sprinkle flour dough pasta flour factory mill flour from a cereal grain farina flour glue paste flourish abound, adorn(ment), advance, bloom , blossom, boast, boom, brag, brandish(ing), dash, decoration, develop, display, ...

Google previewEtymological and Pronouncing Dictionary of Difficult Words (1882)

by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer

Flourish, flur'rtsh, an ornamental scrawl with the ...

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Quotes about Flourish

If our democracy is to flourish, it must have criticism; if our government is to function it must have dissent. (Henry Commager)
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Scrabble value of F4L1O1U1R1I1S1H4

The value of this 8-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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