flow across (something)

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flow across (something)

To move across something in a smooth, fluid manner, as of a liquid. Water from the melting ice flowed across the sidewalk.
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flow across something

to stream or glide across something. A mass of cold air flowed across the city and froze us all. The floodwaters flowed across the fields and ruined the spring planting.
See also: across, flow
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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In front of them for more than a hundred yards the water seemed suddenly to have flowed across the road.
In one place a bake-house had been built out into the middle of the roadway; in another a gable protruded, partially obstructing the passage, and yet farther on a mountain stream flowed across it in a runnel.
In a 2,000-square-mile area, they counted 523 rivers and streams that flowed across the sheet and drained into sink holes, with much of the water eventually flowing into the ocean, although some was also soaked up somewhere below the surface.
On Earth, this happens when sediment is transported in rivers, and suggests that water flowed across the floor of Gale billions of years ago.
SIGNS that a stream once flowed across the surface of Mars have been found near the site where Nasa's newest rover landed, scientists said.
Della Shenton, of 5th Gospel Retreats, in Liskeard, Cornwall, said: "The wine has always until now flowed across the borders." More than 4,000 bottles are already here.
His central focus is on the industrial and other economic activities in the city as they have ebbed and flowed across the years and on the politics of urban planning, but other political and cultural issues important to the history of the city are discussed--for example, school desegregation and the role of the arts in the life of the community.
NASA scientists say that the braided gullies look as if sediment-rich streams had carved them, supporting the notion that water once flowed across much of the Red Planet.
Above this photographic baseboard, the video flowed across two walls, panning through woods and fields.
The water flowed across the northbound carriageway and on to the southbound for a mile.
Washington, Oct 9 (ANI): New images from ESA's Mars Express have suggested that water flowed across Mars in the past.
Although the bone-dry channels that crisscross Mars suggest that water once flowed across the Red Planet, "if we're looking for liquid water and the possibility of life that exists today, the chances of finding them are just as good, or even more so, on Europa," says Torrence V.
Earlier, the scientists could successfully trap cells in tiny cups as they flowed across a chip.
A major question in the study of Mars concerns the planet's thin atmosphere -- whether it was once thick enough for water to have flowed across the surface.