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flow

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.
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The project presented a frustrating utopist dream of organizing a city to be constantly rewired--a flexible structure that goes with the flow of capital--and its combination of commercial statistics and census information ultimately left one wondering whether Kim's model of urbanism was ironic or serious.
The worried mum consults her psychiatrist, then just gives up and goes with the flow, which involves an affair with her own son.
He never misses work, he's very flexible and goes with the flow.