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 The floodwater rushed down the mountain and into other bodies of water, forcing the evacuation of many villages along the banks of the Alaknanda and Dhauliganga rivers. Star Tribune, "Rescuers in India digging for 37 trapped in glacier flood," 8 Feb. 2021 Indian Health Services hired Emerman to collect samples of soil and floodwater to determine how much lead is currently in the ground and how much floodwaters are likely to bring in. Popular Science, "Oklahoma floods are poisoning tribal lands," 23 Dec. 2020 Gary said his elevated house will likely be safe from any floodwater, but the ground-level docks, storeroom and boat equipment will all be at risk. Washington Post, "Storm-weary Louisianans brace as Hurricane Zeta takes aim at New Orleans," 28 Oct. 2020 The decision to deny the land-clearing permit, made by Development Director Ross Liner and backed by Cooper, said the loss of trees and native soils would increase runoff and decrease the parcel's ability to store floodwater. Sara Pagones | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "St. Tammany agrees to Medline land-clearing permit, court records show," 11 Dec. 2020 The Rawlings were able to escape from the truck, which was swept away in the floodwater, with four of the children. Daniella Genovese, Fox News, "Arizona couple pleads not guilty to manslaughter, child abuse after kids drown in family car," 2 Dec. 2020 Elsewhere, crews were still pumping floodwater off the island. Tristan Baurick, NOLA.com, "'There's nothing protecting us' after Hurricane Zeta blasts through Grand Isle's levee," 2 Nov. 2020 The numbness started in Sam’s feet and worked its way up like floodwater. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, "Not many know the story behind Sam Fraley’s path to Temple football. Turns out, he’s just like his father.," 6 Nov. 2020 The staff justification for the denial said that the loss of trees and native soils would increase stormwater runoff, decrease floodwater storage and result in pollution that could harm the lower Tchefuncte River. Sara Pagones | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Property can't be cleared for Medline project near Covington, Board of Adjustment decides," 11 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of floodwater

1791, in the meaning defined above

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25 Feb 2021

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“Floodwater.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/floodwater. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of floodwater

: the water of a flood


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

Kids Definition of floodwater

: the water of a flood

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