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Flourish meaning

flourish - 19 dictionary results

  1. 1. To grow luxuriantly; to increase and enlarge, as a healthy growing plant; a thrive.
  2. 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.
  3. 3. To use florid language; to indulge in rhetorical figures and lofty expressions; to be flowery.
  4. 4. To make bold and sweeping, fanciful, or wanton movements, by way of ornament, parade, bravado, etc.; to play with fantastic and irregular motion.
  5. 5. To make ornamental strokes with the pen; to write graceful, decorative figures.
  6. 6. To execute an irregular or fanciful strain of music, by way of ornament or prelude.
  7. 7. To boast; to vaunt; to brag.
  8. 8. To adorn with flowers orbeautiful figures, either natural or artificial; to ornament with anything showy; to embellish.
  9. 9. 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.
  10. 10. To move in bold or irregular figures; to swing about in circles or vibrations by way of show or triumph; to brandish.
  11. 11. To develop; to make thrive; to expand.
  12. 12. A flourishing condition; prosperity; vigor.
  13. 13. Decoration; ornament; beauty.
  14. 14. 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.
  15. 15. A fantastic or decorative musical passage; a strain of triumph or bravado, not forming part of a regular musical composition; a cal; a fanfare.
  16. 16. The waving of a weapon or other thing; a brandishing; as, the flourish of a sword.
  17. 17. Decoration; ornamental stroke with a pen; parade; brandishing of a weapon, & c.; series of musical notes.
  18. 18. To brandish; swing about.
  19. 19. To thrive; be prosperous.

flourish - examples of usage

  1. I jumped forward with a flourish, and threw my hat at him. - "Ways of Wood Folk", William J. Long.
  2. He gave me a triumphant glance, and handed me the note with a flourish. - "To-morrow?", Victoria Cross.
  3. Presently Mrs. Dodge, dressed in harmony with her house, came in with a rustle and a flourish. - "A Vanished Hand", Sarah Doudney.
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