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flood

noun \ ˈfləd \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of flood

1 a : a rising and overflowing of a body of water especially onto normally dry land
  • The flood inundated the whole area.
; 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 : the flowing in of the tide
3 : an overwhelming quantity or volume
  • received a flood of phone calls
; also : a state of abundant flow or volume or of greatest activity often used in the phrase in full flood
  • a debate in full flood
  • a political movement in full flood

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.

Recent Examples of flood from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of flood

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


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flood

verb

Definition of flood

transitive verb
1 : to cover with a flood : inundate
2 a : to fill abundantly or excessively
  • flood the market
b : to supply an excess of fuel to (an engine, a carburetor, etc.) so that engine operation is hampered
intransitive verb
1 : to pour forth, go, or come in a flood
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.

Recent Examples of flood from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of flood

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flood Synonyms



FLOOD Defined for English Language Learners

flood

noun

Definition of flood for English Language Learners

  • : 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


flood

verb

Definition of flood for English Language Learners

  • : to cover (land) with a flood

  • : to become filled or covered by a flood

  • : to fill (something) completely


FLOOD Defined for Kids

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flood

noun \ ˈfləd \

Definition of flood for Students

1 : a huge flow of water that rises and spreads over the land
2 : the flowing in of the tide
3 : a very large number or amount
  • a flood of mail

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flood

verb

Definition of flood for Students

flooded; flooding
1 : to cover or become filled with water
2 : to fill as if with a flood
  • Sunlight flooded her room.

Medical Dictionary

flood

intransitive verb \ ˈfləd \

medical Definition of flood

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


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