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Meaning of flux

flux

Pronunciation: (fluks), [key]
— n.
  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.
    1. the rate of flow of fluid, particles, or energy.
    2. a quantity expressing the strength of a field of force in a given area.
    1. a substance used to refine metals by combining with impurities to form a molten mixture that can be readily removed.
    2. a substance used to remove oxides from and prevent further oxidation of fused metal, as in soldering or hot-dip coating.
    3. (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.
  4. fusion.
—v.t.
  1. to melt; make fluid.
  2. to fuse by the use of flux.
  3. to purge.
—v.i.
  1. to flow.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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