What does the word flourishing mean?

Usage examples for flourishing

  1. What will become of this once flourishing city it is hard to tell. – Travels in the Great Desert of Sahara, in the Years of 1845 and 1846 by James Richardson
  2. Gurney pointed to the flourishing right hand without speaking, and Sheridan once more returned it to the sling. – The Turmoil A Novel by Booth Tarkington
  3. Behind him briskly marched the volunteers, with heads erect and cheerful faces, as they knew Corporal Gray wished to see them, their Captain flourishing his sword in the air. – The Two Vanrevels by Booth Tarkington