Flow vs Following - What's the difference?

flow | following |

As nouns the difference between flow and following

is that flow is a movement in people or things with a particular way in large numbers or amounts while following is a group of followers, attendants or admirers; an entourage.

As a verb flow

is to move as a fluid from one position to another.

As an adjective following is

coming next, either in sequence or in time.

As a preposition following is

after, subsequent to.




  • A movement in people or things with a particular way in large numbers or amounts
  • The movement of a real or figurative fluid.
  • *
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  • The rising movement of the tide.
  • Smoothness or continuity.
  • The amount of a fluid that moves or the rate of fluid movement.
  • (psychology) The state of being at one with.
  • Menstruation fluid
  • Antonyms

    * (movement of the tide) ebb


    (en verb)
  • To move as a fluid from one position to another.
  • Rivers flow from springs and lakes.
    Tears flow from the eyes.
  • To proceed; to issue forth.
  • Wealth flows from industry and economy.
  • * Milton
  • Those thousand decencies that daily flow / From all her words and actions.
  • To move or match smoothly, gracefully, or continuously.
  • The writing is grammatically correct, but it just doesn't flow .
  • * Dryden
  • Virgil is sweet and flowing in his hexameters.
  • To have or be in abundance; to abound, so as to run or flow over.
  • * Bible, Joel iii. 18
  • In that day the hills shall flow with milk.
  • * Prof. Wilson
  • the exhilaration of a night that needed not the influence of the flowing bowl
  • To hang loosely and wave.
  • a flowing''' mantle; '''flowing locks
  • * A. Hamilton
  • the imperial purple flowing in his train
  • To rise, as the tide; opposed to ebb .
  • The tide flows twice in twenty-four hours.
  • * Shakespeare
  • The river hath thrice flowed , no ebb between.
  • (computing) To arrange (text in a wordprocessor, etc.) so that it wraps neatly into a designated space; to reflow.
  • To cover with water or other liquid; to overflow; to inundate; to flood.
  • To cover with varnish.
  • To discharge excessive blood from the uterus.
  • Anagrams

    * *




  • Coming next, either in sequence or in time.
  • * 1835 , Sir , Sir (James Clark Ross), Narrative of a Second Voyage in Search of a North-west Passage …, Volume 1 , pp.284-5
  • Towards the following morning, the thermometer fell to 5°; and at daylight, there was not an atom of water to be seen in any direction.
  • About to be specified.
  • (of a wind) Blowing in the direction of travel.
  • Usage notes

    (Senses 1, 2) When it modifies a noun phrase, it is generally preceded by the definite article the'', and the combination functions as a determiner rather than a simple adjective. You can put it before a cardinal like ''the following two remarks'' instead of ''the two following remarks .


    * abovementioned * aforementioned * aforesaid


    (English prepositions)
  • After, subsequent to.
  • Following the meeting, we all had a chat.


    (en noun)
  • A group of followers, attendants or admirers; an entourage.
  • He had a loyal following .
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=September 29 , author=Jon Smith , title=Tottenham 3 - 1 Shamrock Rovers , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=And White Hart Lane was stunned when Rovers scored just five minutes after the restart in front of their away following .}}
  • Something to be mentioned immediately later. Used with the definite article the .
  • The following is a recommendation letter from the president.
  • Vocation; business; profession.
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