Hypertext Webster Gateway: "flourish"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Flourish \Flour"ish\, v. i. [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

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 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Flourish \Flour"ish\, v. t.
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

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 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Flourish \Flour"ish\, n.; 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.

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 WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 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: {brandish}]
5: a short lively tune played on brass instruments; "he entered
to a flourish of trumpets"; "her arrival was greeted with
a rousing fanfare" [syn: {fanfare}]
v 1: grow stronger; "The economy was booming" [syn: {boom}, {prosper},
{thrive}, {get ahead}, {expand}]
2: gain in wealth [syn: {thrive}, {prosper}, {fligh high}]
3: move or swing back and forth; "She waved her gun." [syn: {brandish},

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