- The definition of a flood is an overflowing of water onto normally dry land.
- An example of flood is a river that overflows into the nearby streets.
- An example of flood is a bath tub overflowing onto the floor.
- Flood is defined as to overflow, or put too much liquid into something.
An example of flood is covering the lawn with water after leaving the sprinklers on all night.
A car submerged in the flood.
- an overflowing of water on an area normally dry; inundation; deluge
- the flowing in of water from the sea as the tide rises
- a great flow or outpouring: a flood of words
- Informal floodlight
- water, as opposed to land
- a large body of water, as a sea or broad river
Origin of floodMiddle English flode ; from Old English flod, akin to German flut: for Indo-European base see flow
- to cover or fill with or as with a flood; overflow; inundate: rain flooded the valley; music flooded the room
- to put much or too much water, fuel, etc. on or in: to flood a carburetor
- to rise, flow, or gush out in or as in a flood
- to become flooded
- An overflowing of water onto land that is normally dry.
- A flood tide.
- A large amount or number, especially when moving from one place to another: received a flood of applications. See Synonyms at flow.
- A floodlight, specifically a unit that produces a beam of intense light.
- Flood In the Bible, the covering of the earth with water that occurred during the time of Noah.
verbflood·ed, flood·ing, floods
- To cover or submerge with water; inundate: The town was flooded when the dam burst.
- To move into or fill in large numbers or amounts: People flooded the square. His inbox was flooded with mail.
- To overwhelm in large numbers: The theater was flooded with ticket requests.
- To put too much fuel into the carburetor of (an engine), resulting in unsuccessful ignition.
- To become inundated or submerged: The underpass floods after a heavy rain.
- To pour forth; overflow: The river floods nearly every spring.
Origin of floodMiddle English flod, from Old English flōd; see pleu- in Indo-European roots.
- A (usually disastrous) overflow of water from a lake or other body of water due to excessive rainfall or other input of water.
- (figuratively) A large number or quantity of anything appearing more rapidly than can easily be dealt with.
- a flood of complaints
- The flowing in of the tide, opposed to the ebb.
- A floodlight.
- Menstrual discharge; menses.
(third-person singular simple present floods, present participle flooding, simple past and past participle flooded)
- To overflow.
- To cover or partly fill as if by a flood.
- The floor was flooded with beer.
- They flooded the room with sewage.
- (figuratively) To provide (someone or something) with a larger number or quantity of something than cannot easily be dealt with.
- The station's switchboard was flooded with listeners making complaints.
- (Internet, computing) To paste numerous lines of text to a chat system in order to disrupt the conversation.
From Middle English flod, from Old English flōd, from Proto-Germanic *flōduz, from Proto-Indo-European *plōtus, derived from *pleu- "to flow". Near cognates include Dutch vloed, German Flut, Danish flod, Icelandic flóð, and Gothic (flōdus).
- (biblical) The flood referred to in the Book of Genesis in the Old Testament.