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a measurement of quantity over a specified period of time. Unlike a STOCK, which is not a function of time, a flow measures quantity passing per minute, hour, day or whatever. A common analogy is to a reservoir. The water entering and leaving the reservoir is a flow but the water actually in the reservoir at any one point in time is a stock. INCOME is a flow but WEALTH is a stock.
Collins Dictionary of Economics, 4th ed. © C. Pass, B. Lowes, L. Davies 2005
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In order to restore the Everglades and still provide enough freshwater for South Florida's growing population, the corps must reclaim the water flowing from Lake Okeechobee into the ocean each year.
One feeder meters colored regrinds at preset rates, the other meters colorants to virgin materials flowing from supply hopper into machine.