v. i.1.To grow luxuriantly; to increase and enlarge, as a healthy growing plant; a thrive.
[imp. & p. p. Flourished ; p. pr. & vb. n. Flourishing.]
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 production.
When all the workers of iniquity do flourish.
- Ps. xcii 7
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.
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.
v. t.1.To adorn with flowers orbeautiful figures, either natural or artificial; to ornament with anything showy; to embellish.
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.
3.To move in bold or irregular figures; to swing about in circles or vibrations by way of show or triumph; to brandish.
4.To develop; to make thrive; to expand.
n.1.A flourishing condition; prosperity; vigor.
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.
4.A fanciful stroke of the pen or graver; a merely decorative figure.
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.
Noun1.flourish - a showy gesture; "she entered with a great flourish"
2.flourish - an ornamental embellishment in writing
3.flourish - a display of ornamental speech or language
4.flourish - the act of waving
Synonyms: brandish
5.flourish - (music) a short lively tune played on brass instruments; "he entered to a flourish of trumpets"; "her arrival was greeted with a rousing fanfare"
Synonyms: tucket, fanfare
Verb1.flourish - grow stronger; "The economy was booming"
2.flourish - gain in wealth
Synonyms: fly high, prosper, thrive
3.flourish - move or swing back and forth; "She waved her gun"
Synonyms: brandish, wave
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