flood

noun
\ ˈfləd How to pronounce flood (audio) \

Definition of flood

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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

flood

verb
flooded; flooding; floods

Definition of flood (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to cover with a flood : inundate
2a : 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

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Other Words from flood

Verb

flooder noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for flood

Synonyms: Noun

alluvion, bath, cataclysm, cataract, deluge, flood tide, inundation, Niagara, overflow, spate, torrent

Synonyms: Verb

deluge, drown, engulf, gulf, inundate, overflow, overwhelm, submerge, submerse, swamp

Antonyms: Noun

drought (also drouth)

Antonyms: Verb

drain

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Along King Street in historic Charleston, South Carolina, dozens of shops and restaurants typically bustling with tourists were boarded up, plywood and corrugated metal over windows and doors, as the flood-prone downtown area braced for high water. Anchorage Daily News, "Hurricane death toll climbs to 20 in devastated Bahamas," 5 Sep. 2019 Along King Street in historic Charleston, S.C., dozens of shops and restaurants typically bustling with tourists were boarded up, plywood and corrugated metal over windows and doors, as the flood-prone downtown area braced for high water. Marko Alvarez, BostonGlobe.com, "Hurricane death toll climbs to 20 in devastated Bahamas," 4 Sep. 2019 Unfortunately, this will not trigger a flood of throwback uniforms like the ones the league rolled out for its 75th anniversary in 1994. Paul Lukas, SI.com, "Uni Watch: NFL Uniform Preview 2019," 3 Sep. 2019 This new seawall was built in Miami Beach's flood-prone Sunset Harbour neighborhood. Drew Kann, CNN, "Florida's cities are building to fight rising seas. Small towns may struggle to defend themselves," 1 Sep. 2019 The evacuation order extended to residents in low-lying, flood-prone areas, those in mobile homes and those with special medical needs. NBC News, "Some Floridians refuse to evacuate but worry about Hurricane Dorian's unclear trajectory," 31 Aug. 2019 The method was most recently used by the government of Bangladesh to help 25,000 people in the flood-prone Kurigram district. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Is forecast-based financing the future of aid in the face of climate change?," 28 July 2019 To make matters worse, Jakarta’s poorest and most vulnerable residents—those least able to afford insurance—often live in the most flood-prone places. Matt Simon, WIRED, "The Sea Is Consuming Jakarta, and Its People Aren't Insured," 19 July 2019 For instance, Monroe County is spending about $3.5 million to elevate less than one mile of road in the flood-prone Keys. Alex Harris, sun-sentinel.com, "Adapting to climate change is going to cost Florida a lot. Who’s going to pay for it?," 13 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Damage was reported in Elbow Cay, Man-o-War and Marsh Harbour in the Abaco Islands, where buildings had been destroyed and partially submerged with water flooding all around them. Christina Maxouris, CNN, "Hurricane Dorian has left catastrophic damage behind. It will begin heading for the US tonight," 2 Sep. 2019 American game suppliers were already starting to flood the market. William Herkewitz, Popular Mechanics, "Why D&D Modernized Its Magic for a New Generation of Fantasy," 1 Sep. 2019 Freshwater flooding If Dorian stays further east, the heaviest rain could remain over the ocean. Dave Epstein, BostonGlobe.com, "Hurricane Dorian: What the latest forecast says," 30 Aug. 2019 With no other large fires in Northern California, Cal Fire had the ability to flood the Mountain Fire, sending in air tankers, helicopters and 580 firefighters. Michael Cabanatuan, SFChronicle.com, "Mountain Fire near Redding threatens, but so far conditions favor containment," 23 Aug. 2019 This is street flooding right now at 17th & Humboldt in Uptown. Chris Bianchi, The Denver Post, "Here’s what caused Denver’s big storm on Wednesday night," 22 Aug. 2019 But that still leaves a lot of shares to flood the market, putting downward pressure on Lyft’s stock price. Alison Griswold, Quartz, "Lyft’s IPO is outperforming Uber’s in one crucial way," 19 Aug. 2019 Crews swept up debris in areas that had flooded, picked up fallen tree limbs and reseated manhole covers that had been pushed about by the flood waters. Emily Brindley, courant.com, "Lightning strike starts fire at West Hartford home," 8 Aug. 2019 Copeland, for one, doesn’t think the channel is the right solution for the neighborhood’s flooding problem. Austin Taylor Staff Writer, ExpressNews.com, "With 34 houses gone, a San Antonio neighborhood could beat the odds in the next deluge," 29 July 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'flood.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of flood

Noun

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

Verb

1663, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for flood

Noun and Verb

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

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flood

noun

English Language Learners Definition of flood

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

English Language Learners Definition of flood (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cover (land) with a flood
: to become filled or covered by a flood
: to fill (something) completely

flood

noun
\ ˈfləd How to pronounce flood (audio) \

Kids Definition of flood

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

flood

verb
flooded; flooding

Kids Definition of flood (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to cover or become filled with water
2 : to fill as if with a flood Sunlight flooded her room.
\ ˈfləd How to pronounce flood (audio) \

Medical Definition of flood

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

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