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flood

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noun \ˈfləd\

Simple Definition of flood

  • : a large amount of water covering an area of land that is usually dry

  • the Flood : a flood described in the Bible as covering the earth in the time of Noah

  • : a large amount of things that come or happen at the same time

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of flood

  1. 1 a :  a rising and overflowing of a body of water especially onto normally dry land; also :  a condition of overflowing <rivers in flood> b capitalized :  a flood described in the Bible as covering the earth in the time of Noah

  2. 2 :  the flowing in of the tide

  3. 3 :  an overwhelming quantity or volume; also :  a state of abundant flow or volume —often used in the phrase in full flood <a debate in full flood>

  4. 4 :  floodlight

Examples of flood in a sentence

  1. A flood inundated the whole area.

  2. the devastating flood of 1936

  3. The water has risen to flood level.

  4. We've received a flood of mail.

  5. a flood of phone calls

  6. Seeing her again brought back a flood of memories.



Origin of flood

Middle English, from Old English flōd; akin to Old High German fluot flood, Old English flōwan to flow


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with flood


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flood

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Simple Definition of flood

  • : to cover (land) with a flood

  • : to become filled or covered by a flood

  • : to fill (something) completely

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of flood

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to cover with a flood :  inundate

  3. 2 a :  to fill abundantly or excessively <flood the market> b :  to supply an excess of fuel to (as an engine or its carburetor) so that engine operation is hampered

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to pour forth, go, or come in a flood

  6. 2 :  to become filled with a flood

flooder noun

Examples of flood in a sentence

  1. Heavy rains flooded the valley.

  2. The rivers are close to flooding.

  3. The valley flooded after the heavy rains.

  4. The plain floods every spring.

  5. The room was flooded with light.

  6. The company plans to flood the market with this product.

  7. The office has been flooded with phone calls.

  8. The phone calls have been flooding in.

  9. Refugees flooded into the camp.

  10. Light flooded into the room.



1663

First Known Use of flood

1663



FLOOD Defined for Kids

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flood

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noun \ˈfləd\

Definition of flood for Students

  1. 1 :  a huge flow of water that rises and spreads over the land

  2. 2 :  the flowing in of the tide

  3. 3 :  a very large number or amount <a flood of mail>




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flood

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verb

Definition of flood for Students

floodedflooding

  1. 1 :  to cover or become filled with water

  2. 2 :  to fill as if with a flood <Sunlight flooded her room.>




Medical Dictionary

flood

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intransitive verb \ˈfləd\

Medical Definition of flood

  1. :  to have an excessive menstrual flow or a uterine hemorrhage after childbirth





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