Why Flux

flux

/fluhks/

–noun

1. a flowing or flow.
2. the flowing in of the tide.
3. continuous change, passage, or movement: His political views are in a state of flux.

4. Physics.
a. the rate of flow of fluid, particles, or energy.
b. a quantity expressing the strength of a field of force in a given area.

5. Chemistry, Metallurgy.
a.  a substance used to refine metals by combining with impurities to form a molten mixture that can be readily removed.
b.  a substance used to remove oxides from and prevent further oxidation of fused metal, as in soldering or hot-dip coating.
c.  (in the refining of scrap or other metal) a salt or mixture of salts that combines with nonmetallic impurities, causing them to float or coagulate.

6. fusion.

–verb (used with object)

7. to melt; make fluid.
8. to fuse by the use of flux.
9. Obsolete. to purge.

–verb (used without object)

10. to flow.

Origin:
1350–1400;  ME < L fluxus  a flowing, equiv. to fluc-,  var. s. of fluere  to flow + -tus  suffix of v. action, with ct  > x

—Synonyms
1.  course, current, flood, stream.


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