Flourish Flour"ish, n.; pl. {Flourishes}. 1. A flourishing condition; prosperity; vigor. [Archaic] [1913 Webster]

The Roman monarchy, in her highest flourish, never had the like. --Howell. [1913 Webster]

2. Decoration; ornament; beauty. [1913 Webster]

The flourish of his sober youth Was the pride of naked truth. --Crashaw. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

He lards with flourishes his long harangue. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

4. A fanciful stroke of the pen or graver; a merely decorative figure. [1913 Webster]

The neat characters and flourishes of a Bible curiously printed. --Boyle. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

A flourish, trumpets! strike alarum, drums! --Shak. [1913 Webster]

6. The waving of a weapon or other thing; a brandishing; as, the flourish of a sword. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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