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 Crashaw.
Was the pride of naked truth.
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
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,
6. The waving of a weapon or other thing; a
brandishing; as, the flourish of a sword.
Flour"ish, 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. [Obs.]
Sith that the justice of your title to him Shak.
Doth flourish the deceit.
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
4. To develop; to make thrive; to
Bottoms of thread . . . which with a good needle,
perhaps may be flourished into large works.
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.
Of those that held their heads above the crowd,
They flourished then or then.
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.
The stream, and smoking flourished o'er his head.
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
7. To boast; to vaunt; to brag.