floodwater

noun
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 boys and their coach entered the Tham Luang cave complex after soccer practice and were quickly trapped inside by rising floodwater. USA TODAY, "Thai SEAL dies of blood infection contracted during cave rescue last year," 30 Dec. 2019 The boys and their coach entered the Tham Luang cave complex after soccer practice and were quickly trapped inside by rising floodwater. NBC News, "Thai SEAL dies of blood infection a year after cave rescue of 12 boys," 28 Dec. 2019 The boys and their coach entered the Tham Luang cave complex after soccer practice and were quickly trapped inside by rising floodwater. Washington Post, "Director promises dank thrills in Thai cave boys rescue saga," 1 Oct. 2019 The boys and their coach entered the Tham Luang cave complex after soccer practice and were quickly trapped inside by rising floodwater. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Director promises dank thrills in Thai cave boys rescue saga," 29 Sep. 2019 Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne said emergency workers completed more than 300 rescues overnight and some residents were up on their roofs because of rising floodwaters. Juan A. Lozano, chicagotribune.com, "Remnants of Tropical Storm Imelda deluge Houston, leading to more than 1,000 water rescues," 19 Sep. 2019 Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne said emergency workers completed more than 300 rescues overnight and some residents were up on their roofs because of rising floodwaters. Juan A. Lozano, The Denver Post, "More than 1,000 rescues, evacuations as Imelda soaks Texas," 19 Sep. 2019 Along with rising floodwaters, lightning struck a home near the Green Mount Cemetery and started a fire, the Baltimore City Fire Department announced. Georgia Slater, PEOPLE.com, "Cars Submerged in Floodwaters as 'Terrifying' Thunderstorm Batters Baltimore with Strong Hail," 7 Aug. 2019 The move was made to largely protect the city of New Orleans and surrounding areas from rising floodwaters. al.com, "‘All bets are off’: Toxic algae bloom shutters Mississippi beaches, causes worry in Alabama," 12 July 2019

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First Known Use of floodwater

1791, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of floodwater was in 1791

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18 Jan 2020

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“Floodwater.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/floodwater. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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floodwater

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English Language Learners Definition of floodwater

: the water of a flood

floodwater

noun
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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