flood

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noun

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
4

flood

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verb

flooded; flooding; floods

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

Noun A flood inundated the whole area. the devastating flood of 1936 The water has risen to flood level. We've received a flood of mail. a flood of phone calls Seeing her again brought back a flood of memories. Verb Heavy rains flooded the valley. The rivers are close to flooding. The valley flooded after the heavy rains. The plain floods every spring. The room was flooded with light. The company plans to flood the market with this product. The office has been flooded with phone calls. The phone calls have been flooding in. Refugees flooded into the camp. Light flooded into the room.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
However, coastal flood and high surf advisories will remain in southern Puerto Rico for another night. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, 3 July 2024 In 1942, during World War II, a flood seriously damaged the rice paddies in Chao Phraya River Delta, including Bangkok, for three months, causing the government to launch a campaign to encourage people to trade and eat noodles. Isabelle Kliger, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 July 2024
Verb
Theaters are preparing for all kinds of Minions fans to flood the gates this weekend. Samantha Masunaga, Los Angeles Times, 3 July 2024 Power lines have been brought down, homes flattened, and streets flooded across multiple southeastern Caribbean Islands. Rebecca Schneid, TIME, 3 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for flood 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun and Verb

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

First Known Use

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1663, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of flood was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Flood.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flood. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

flood

1 of 2 noun
1
a
: a great flow of water that rises and spreads over the land
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
a flood of mail

flood

2 of 2 verb
1
: to cover or become filled with a flood
2
: to fill as if with a flood
a room flooded with light
flood a carburetor
3
: to pour forth, go, or come in a flood

Medical Definition

flood

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

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