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Meaning of flood by Wiktionary Dictionary


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    Middle English flod, from Old English flōd, from common Germanic *flōduz, from Proto-Indo-European *plō-tu-, derived from *pleu- "to flow". Near cognates include German Flut and Gothic ( flōdus ) .


    • enPR: flŭd, IPA: /flʌd/, X-SAMPA: /flVd/
    • Rhymes: -ʌd


    flood ( plural: floods )

    1. A ( usually disastrous ) overflow of water from a lake or other body of water due to excessive rainfall or other input of water .
    2. ( figuratively ) A large number or quantity of anything appearing more rapidly than can easily be dealt with .
    3. A floodlight

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    flood ( third-person singular simple present floods present participle flooding, simple past and past participle flooded )

    1. To overflow .
    2. To cover or partly fill as if by a flood .
      The floor was flooded with beer .
      They flooded the room with sewage .
    3. ( 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 .
    4. ( Internet, computing ) To paste numerous lines of text to a chat system in order to disrupt the conversation .


    See also

    1. ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Oxford-Paravia Concise - Dizionario Inglese-Italiano e Italiano-Inglese. Edited by Maria Cristina Bareggi. Torino: Paravia, 2003 ( in collaboration with Oxford University Press ). ISBN 8839551107. Online version here

Explanation of flood by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. cover with liquid, usually water

    2. The swollen river flooded the village
      The broken vein had flooded blood in her eyes
    3. become filled to overflowing

    4. Our basement flooded during the heavy rains
    5. fill quickly beyond capacity

    6. The images flooded his mind
    7. supply with an excess of

    8. flood the market with tennis shoes
    1. a large flow

    2. the act of flooding

    3. light that is a source of artificial illumination having a broad beam

    4. the occurrence of incoming water ( between a low tide and the following high tide )

    5. a tide in the affairs of men which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune-Shakespeare
    6. the rising of a body of water and its overflowing onto normally dry land

    7. an overwhelming number or amount

    8. a flood of requests

    Definition of flood by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Flood ( flŭd ), n. [OE. flod a flowing, stream, flood, AS. flōd; akin to D. vloed, OS. flōd, OHG. fluot, G. flut, Icel. flōð, Sw. & Dan. flod, Goth. flōdus; from the root of E. flow. √80. See Flow, v. i.]
      1. A great flow of water; a body of moving water; the flowing stream, as of a river; especially, a body of water, rising, swelling, and overflowing land not usually thus covered; a deluge; a freshet; an inundation.

      A covenant never to destroy

      The earth again by flood. Milton.

      2. The flowing in of the tide; the semidiurnal swell or rise of water in the ocean; -- opposed to ebb; as, “young flood; high flood.”

      There is a tide in the affairs of men,

      Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. Shak.

      3. A great flow or stream of any fluid substance; as, “a flood of light; a flood of lava”; hence, a great quantity widely diffused; an overflowing; a superabundance; as, “a flood of bank notes; a flood of paper currency.”

      4. Menstrual disharge; menses. Harvey.

      Flood anchor ( Naut. ) , the anchor by which a ship is held while the tide is rising. -- Flood fence, a fence so secured that it will not be swept away by a flood. -- Flood gate, a gate for shutting out, admitting, or releasing, a body of water; a tide gate. -- Flood mark, the mark or line to which the tide, or a flood, rises; high-water mark. -- Flood tide, the rising tide; -- opposed to ebb tide. -- The Flood, the deluge in the days of Noah.

    2. Flood, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Flooded; p. pr. & vb. n. Flooding.]
      1. To overflow; to inundate; to deluge; as, “the swollen river flooded the valley”.

      2. To cause or permit to be inundated; to fill or cover with water or other fluid; as, “to flood arable land for irrigation”; to fill to excess or to its full capacity; as, “to flood a country with a depreciated currency”.