the action or process of flowing or flowing out:
the flux of men and women moving back and forth |
a localized flux of calcium into the cell.
an abnormal discharge of blood or other matter from or within the body.
∎ (usu. the flux) archaic
diarrhea or dysentery.
the whole political system is in a state of flux.
the rate of flow of a fluid, radiant energy, or particles across a given area.
the amount of radiation or number of particles incident on an area in a given time.
the total electric or magnetic field passing through a surface.
a substance mixed with a solid to lower its melting point, used esp. in soldering and brazing metals or to promote vitrification in glass or ceramics.
a substance added to a furnace during metal smelting or glassmaking that combines with impurities to form slag.
treat (a metal object) with a flux to promote melting.
, any substance that promotes vitrification when mixed with clay
. When the ware is fired, the flux melts, filling the porous clay form. As the piece cools, it hardens, becoming glossy and non-porous. Fluxes include felspathic rock, silica
. In metallurgy
, a flux is added to the charge of a smelting furnace to purge impurities from the ore and to lower the melting point
of the slag.
, dux, flux, lux, luxe, tux
•afflux • efflux • Benelux • conflux
•Lennox • barracks • Trossachs
, Merckx, Perks
•gasworks • steelworks • printworks
•waterworks • calx
, Hanks, Manx
•Fairbanks • phalanx • Gollancz
, jinx, lynx, methinks, minx, sphinx
, Tonks, yonks
•Monks • quincunx
copious flowing of blood, etc. XIV; (gen.) flowing; continuous succession XVI; incoming tide, opp. of reflux XVII; substance facilitating fusion (earlier †fluss
— G.) XVIII. In early use (XIV–XVII) also †flix
— (O)F. flux
or L. fluxus
, f. fluere
†flow, flowing XVI; (math.) rate of change of a continuously varying quantity XVIII.
flux (fluks) n.
an abnormally copious flow from an organ or cavity.