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flourish

4 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Flourish \Flour"ish\, verb (used without an object) [imp. & p. p. {Flourished}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Flourishing}.] [OE. florisshen, flurisshen, OF. flurir, F. fleurir, fr. L. florere to bloom, fr. flos, floris, flower. See {Flower}, and {-ish}.]

1. To grow luxuriantly; to increase and enlarge, as a healthy growing plant; a thrive.

A tree thrives and flourishes in a kindly . . . soil. --Bp. Horne.

2. To be prosperous; to increase in wealth, honor, comfort, happiness, or whatever is desirable; to thrive; to be prominent and influental; specifically, of authors, painters, etc., to be in a state of activity or production.

When all the workers of iniquity do flourish. --Ps. xcii 7

Bad men as frequently prosper and flourish, and that by the means of their wickedness. --Nelson.

We say Of those that held their heads above the crowd, They flourished then or then. --Tennyson.

3. To use florid language; to indulge in rhetorical figures and lofty expressions; to be flowery.

They dilate . . . and flourish long on little incidents. --J. Watts.

4. To make bold and sweeping, fanciful, or wanton movements, by way of ornament, parade, bravado, etc.; to play with fantastic and irregular motion.

Impetuous spread The stream, and smoking flourished o'er his head. --Pope.

5. To make ornamental strokes with the pen; to write graceful, decorative figures.

6. To execute an irregular or fanciful strain of music, by way of ornament or prelude.

Why do the emperor's trumpets flourish thus? --Shak.

7. To boast; to vaunt; to brag. --Pope.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Flourish \Flour"ish\, noun; pl. {Flourishes}.

1. A flourishing condition; prosperity; vigor. [Archaic]

The Roman monarchy, in her highest flourish, never had the like. --Howell.

2. Decoration; ornament; beauty.

The flourish of his sober youth Was the pride of naked truth. --Crashaw.

3. Something made or performed in a fanciful, wanton, or vaunting manner, by way of ostentation, to excite admiration, etc.; ostentatious embellishment; ambitious copiousness or amplification; parade of words and figures; show; as, a flourish of rhetoric or of wit.

He lards with flourishes his long harangue. --Dryden.

4. A fanciful stroke of the pen or graver; a merely decorative figure.

The neat characters and flourishes of a Bible curiously printed. --Boyle.

5. A fantastic or decorative musical passage; a strain of triumph or bravado, not forming part of a regular musical composition; a cal; a fanfare.

A flourish, trumpets! strike alarum, drums! --Shak.

6. The waving of a weapon or other thing; a brandishing; as, the flourish of a sword.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Flourish \Flour"ish\, verb (used with an object)

1. To adorn with flowers orbeautiful figures, either natural or artificial; to ornament with anything showy; to embellish. [Obs.] --Fenton.

2. To embellish with the flowers of diction; to adorn with rhetorical figures; to grace with ostentatious eloquence; to set off with a parade of words. [Obs.]

Sith that the justice of your title to him Doth flourish the deceit. --Shak.

3. To move in bold or irregular figures; to swing about in circles or vibrations by way of show or triumph; to brandish.

And flourishes his blade in spite of me. --Shak.

4. To develop; to make thrive; to expand. [Obs.]

Bottoms of thread . . . which with a good needle, perhaps may be flourished into large works. --Bacon.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

flourish

noun

1: a showy gesture; "she entered with a great flourish"

2: an ornamental embellishment in writing

3: a display of ornamental speech or language

4: the act of waving [syn: {flourish}, {brandish}]

5: (music) a short lively tune played on brass instruments; "he entered to a flourish of trumpets"; "her arrival was greeted with a rousing fanfare" [syn: {flourish}, {fanfare}, {tucket}]

verb

1: grow vigorously; "The deer population in this town is thriving"; "business is booming" [syn: {boom}, {thrive}, {flourish}, {expand}]

2: make steady progress; be at the high point in one's career or reach a high point in historical significance or importance; "The new student is thriving" [syn: {thrive}, {prosper}, {fly high}, {flourish}]

3: move or swing back and forth; "She waved her gun" [syn: {brandish}, {flourish}, {wave}]

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