flood·​wa·​ter ˈfləd-ˌwȯ-tər How to pronounce floodwater (audio)
: the water of a flood

Examples of floodwater in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Climate & Environment For Subscribers How powerful land barons shaped the epic floods in California’s heartland Sept. 28, 2023 State officials pointed out that parts of Tulare Lake have sunk up to 6 feet since 2015, which has sent floodwaters into areas that emerged unscathed in previous floods. Ian James, Los Angeles Times, 13 Oct. 2023 Videos posted to social media show cars partially submerged and residents wading through waist-high floodwaters. Alex Dalton, Chicago Tribune, 18 Sep. 2023 The scale of the disaster was apparent even 85 miles outside Derna, the landscape marked by stagnant floodwaters and clogged fields. Kareem Fahim, Washington Post, 14 Sep. 2023 Derna’s disaster came when floodwaters poured down the hills surrounding the city, burst through two dams, and washed away about a quarter of the inhabited area. Sarah Dadouch, BostonGlobe.com, 14 Sep. 2023 In the days after a powerful storm lashed Libya’s coastline and floodwaters from two burst dams swept part of the city of Derna into the sea, authorities have understandably focused on the living, racing to find and evacuate survivors. Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times, 14 Sep. 2023 But aid groups and officials have said that some 10,000 people are missing, also feared dead either beneath the wreckage of homes or lying somewhere in the floodwaters. Patrick Smith, NBC News, 13 Sep. 2023 When the floodwaters receded, the sharks remained stranded in the 51-acre body of water near the course's 14th hole. Bailey Richards, Peoplemag, 13 Sep. 2023 Imagine how far inland floodwaters can travel if the terrain is flat compared to mountainous. WIRED, 7 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1791, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of floodwater was in 1791

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“Floodwater.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/floodwater. Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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flood·​wa·​ter ˈfləd-ˌwȯt-ər How to pronounce floodwater (audio)
: the water of a flood

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