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Flourish Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    flourish 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. (music) 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, tucket] v
  6. grow stronger; "The economy was booming" [syn: boom, prosper, thrive, get ahead, expand]
  7. gain in wealth [syn: thrive, prosper, fly high]
  8. move or swing back and forth; "She waved her gun" [syn: brandish, wave]
Flourish Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    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 production. 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

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  • Flourish: The term flourish may refer to: Card flourish , a stage magic term for a visual display of skill. Flourish (fanfare), ceremonial music ...
  • Card flourish: Card flourishes are the magic jargon term for visual displays of skill performed with playing cards designed to show the skill or manual ...
  • Ruffles and flourishes: Ruffles and flourishes are preceding fanfare for ceremonial music for distinguished people. Ruffles are played on drum s, and flourishes ...
  • Flourishing: Many components and concepts contribute to the overall concept of flourishing and the benefits of a life that can be characterized as ...
  • Flourish (film): Flourish (2006) is a film written, produced and directed by Kevin Palys and starring Jennifer Morrison , Jesse Spencer , Leighton Meester ...
  • Flourish (juggling): A flourish is a juggling club trick in which the performer spins the club around his fingers. The club actually makes two revolutions ...
  • Flourish, Mighty Land (Prokofiev): Flourish, Mighty Land, Op. 114, (variably called Flourish, Mighty Homeland or Prosper, Mighty Country) is a cantata written by Sergei ...

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* A dream can be nurtured over years and years and then flourish rapidly. . . . Be patient. It will happen for you. Sooner or later, life will get weary of beating on you and holding the door shut on you, and then it will let you in and throw you a real party - Les Brown

* Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible--the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nuturing family. - Virginia Satir

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