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What is the difference between Floe and Flow?

Asked by S. Barnes, Last updated: Sep 11, 2019

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N. Reyes

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N. ReyesWriter, B.ed, California
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Answered on Oct 22, 2019

Floe is known to be a floating sheet of ice. There are times when the floe can be seen drifting into the sea, or it may be drifting in a river. Flow means that something is steadily moving. There are instances when the movement may be circular, but there are also times when this would refer to something that will not take any shape.

It is quite common for different liquids to flow, especially if the paths that they have to go through seem to be never-ending. It will not be ideal to interchange the two terms as they can be used in different ways. The word “flow” comes from the English word “fellowman,” which means to move.


H. Jones

H. JonesWeb Content Writer, San Antonio,
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Answered on Sep 11, 2019

Flow and floe are two different words which are not in any way similar. People often make a mistake thinking they are the same because of the similarity in spelling. Floe is a noun which refers to a low, flat mass of floating ice. The term was first used by Arctic explorers in the early 1800s. Flow as a noun refers to the movement of people or something in a specific manner in large quantity or amount.

It also refers to the pattern of the movement of fluids. Example in a sentence: “The hall was full, and it had a good symmetry and flow.” Flow as a verb means to move, proceed from one position to another. It can also mean to move smoothly or continuously. Example in a sentence: “This River flows from a spring and a lake.” I hope you find this helpful.


J. Pollock

J. PollockScience Professor, Los Angeles
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Answered on Sep 04, 2019

Floe is known to be a floating sheet of ice while the flow is used in a more common manner. There are some people who may try to listen in on various conversations who may be confused with which word is being used. They sound the same but they are different from each other. Flow refers to the way that liquids can move from a high point to a lower point.

For example, water may flow from the top portion of the waterfalls and it goes towards the bottom portion. There are some people who may incorrectly use these two words in sentences because w and e are right next to each other in the keyboard.


C. Snow

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C. SnowMotivator, MA, California
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Answered on Sep 03, 2019

Floe and Flow are known to be homophones, which means that they are two words that sound the same. Flow is used in different ways. They can be considered as a verb, and they can also be used as a noun. This is meant to use to describe something that keeps ongoing. Floe is intended to describe a slab of ice.

There are instances when people make a mistake because the letters e and w are placed together. Floe is considered to be a “loan” word. This usually refers to the slab, which obviously will not be able to flow. It is best to know the differences so that you will be able to know which word you should use.


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