flood·​wa·​ter | \ ˈfləd-ˌwȯ-tər How to pronounce floodwater (audio) , -ˌwä- \

Definition of floodwater

: the water of a flood

Examples of floodwater in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On that Saturday morning, Chris Etheridge, 52, reached into the raging floodwater and pulled out a fairytale. Keith Sharon, USA TODAY, 22 Mar. 2022 But that means runoff can’t get out, so inland floodwater will stay pooled at the airport and elsewhere. Jan Ellen Spiegel, courant.com, 17 Jan. 2022 The northern dike that had protected their land was in turn lowered, allowing floodwater to spill over the land. Mick Krever, CNN, 5 Nov. 2021 An aerial view of a residential area in Middlesex County as floodwater covers streets in New Jersey on October 26, 2021. Tori B. Powell, CBS News, 26 Oct. 2021 Nearly 850 residents from seven different nursing homes, including Park Place, were transported to a warehouse where video later showed them on mattresses as floodwater washed through the building. NBC News, 9 Sep. 2021 The problem showed up last year in Tropical Storm Eta, when floodwater remained in southwest Broward neighborhoods for days, partly because the elevated ocean blocked canals from draining the region. David Fleshler, sun-sentinel.com, 4 Sep. 2021 The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office posted a photo to its Facebook page of a fire truck with floodwater above its wheel wells. NBC News, 12 Nov. 2021 In the 1960s, two girls named Monica and Henrietta were playing in the irrigation tunnels when they were suddenly inundated with floodwater. Georgann Yara, The Arizona Republic, 27 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of floodwater

1791, in the meaning defined above

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“Floodwater.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/floodwater. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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flood·​wa·​ter | \ ˈfləd-ˌwȯ-tər How to pronounce floodwater (audio) , -ˌwä- \

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