Flood Definition

flŭd
flooded, flooding, floods
noun
floods
An overflowing of water on an area normally dry; inundation; deluge.
Webster's New World
The flowing in of water from the sea as the tide rises.
Webster's New World
A great flow or outpouring.
A flood of words.
Webster's New World
A large amount or number, especially when moving from one place to another.
Received a flood of applications.
American Heritage
A floodlight, specifically a unit that produces a beam of intense light.
American Heritage
Antonyms:
drought
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verb
flooded, flooding, floods
To rise, flow, or gush out in or as in a flood.
Webster's New World
To cover or fill with or as with a flood; overflow; inundate.
Rain flooded the valley; music flooded the room.
Webster's New World
To move into or fill in large numbers or amounts.
People flooded the square. His inbox was flooded with mail.
American Heritage
To overwhelm in large numbers.
The theater was flooded with ticket requests.
American Heritage
To put much or too much water, fuel, etc. on or in.
To flood a carburetor.
Webster's New World
Antonyms:
dry up
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pronoun

(biblical) The flood referred to in the Book of Genesis in the Old Testament.

Wiktionary
other
A temporary rise of the water level, as in a river or lake or along a seacoast, resulting in its spilling over and out of its natural or artificial confines onto land that is normally dry. Floods are usually caused by excessive runoff from precipitation or snowmelt, or by coastal storm surges or other tidal phenomena. &diamf3; Floods are sometimes described according to their statistical occurrence. A fifty-year flood is a flood having a magnitude that is reached in a particular location on average once every fifty years. In any given year there is a two percent statistical chance of the occurrence of a fifty-year flood and a one percent chance of a hundred-year flood .
American Heritage Science
idiom
the Flood
  • the great flood in Noah's time: Gen. 7
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Flood

Noun

Singular:
flood
Plural:
floods

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Flood

  • the Flood

Origin of Flood

  • 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).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English flod from Old English flōd pleu- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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