flood·​wa·​ter | \ ˈfləd-ˌwȯ-tər, -ˌwä-\

Definition of floodwater 

: the water of a flood

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Sean Rayford/Getty Images The floodwaters are finally starting to recede from Hurricane Florence, a storm that dumped upward of 35 inches of rain in places and more than 10 trillion gallons across North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Hurricane Florence caused up to $22 billion in damages. Climate change made the storm worse.," 3 Oct. 2018 The floodwater there had already taken out one building and was creeping into the family’s home as the team escorted them out. Erin Ailworth, WSJ, "After Florence, Rescue Team Gets a Glimmer of Sun, and Thanks," 18 Sep. 2018 The new research holds that, instead, the floodwater exited through the Mackenzie River, which stretches across today’s Northwest Territories, emptying straight into the Arctic Ocean. Christopher Mooney, BostonGlobe.com, "Scientists may have solved a huge riddle that led to more than 1,000 years of cold on Earth. It doesn’t bode well," 12 July 2018 The death toll in the country is the highest from a flood in more than three decades, the BBC reported, and the floodwaters have forced more than 2 million people from their homes. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "Japan reeling from worst flood in decades: ‘We’ve never experienced this kind of rain before’," 10 July 2018 Cunningham said the reason for the height is to make sure the rooms in the buildings are higher than the floodwaters after a hurricane. Steve Sadin, chicagotribune.com, "Deerfield mission group helps construct community center in Mexico," 9 July 2018 The Bangkok Post reports the coach made sure the kids drank water dripping from cave walls and not the murky floodwaters that trapped them. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "'Hero or zero?': Thailand abuzz over coach who led boys into cave – then kept them alive," 5 July 2018 As the floodwaters receded late Sunday, officials were only beginning the grim task of assessing the destruction. CBS News, "Body found of National Guardsman swept away by flood waters," 29 May 2018 Native peoples generally adapted to this fluidity, shoring up the land or moving to higher ground as floodwaters rose. Richard Campanella, The Atlantic, "How Humans Sank New Orleans," 6 Feb. 2018

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1791, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of floodwater

: the water of a flood


flood·​wa·​ter | \ ˈfləd-ˌwȯ-tər, -ˌwä-\

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: the water of a flood

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