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flood (flʌd Pronunciation for flood

Definitions

noun

    1. the inundation of land that is normally dry through the overflowing of a body of water, esp a river
    2. the state of a river that is at an abnormally high level (esp in the phrase in flood) related adjective diluvial
  1. a great outpouring or flow   ⇒ a flood of words
    1. the rising of the tide from low to high water
    2. (as modifier)   ⇒ the flood tide
      Compare ebb (sense 3)
  2. (theatre) short for floodlight
  3. (archaic) a large body of water, as the sea or a river

verb

  1. (of water) to inundate or submerge (land) or (of land) to be inundated or submerged
  2. to fill or be filled to overflowing, as with a flood   ⇒ the children's home was flooded with gifts
  3. (intransitive) to flow; surge   ⇒ relief flooded through him
  4. to supply an excessive quantity of petrol to (a carburettor or petrol engine) or (of a carburettor, etc) to be supplied with such an excess
  5. (intransitive) to rise to a flood; overflow
  6. (intransitive)
    1. to bleed profusely from the uterus, as following childbirth
    2. to have an abnormally heavy flow of blood during a menstrual period

Derived Forms

ˈfloodable adjective
ˈflooder noun
ˈfloodless adjective

Word Origin

Old English flōd; related to Old Norse flōth, Gothic flōdus, Old High German fluot flood, Greek plōtos navigable; see flow, float

Synonyms

View thesaurus entry
= deluge, downpour, flash flood, inundation, tide, overflow, torrent, spate, freshet
= immerse, swamp, submerge, inundate, deluge, drown, cover with water
= pour over, swamp, run over, overflow, inundate, brim over
= engulf, flow into, rush into, sweep into, overwhelm, surge into, swarm into, pour into, gush into
= saturate, fill, choke, swamp, glut, oversupply, overfill

Flood1 (flʌd Pronunciation for Flood1

Definitions

noun

  1. See the Flood

Flood2 (flʌd Pronunciation for Flood2

Definitions

noun

  1. Henry. 1732–91, Anglo-Irish politician: leader of the parliamentary opposition to English rule

Translations for 'flood'

  • British English: floodPronunciation for flood If there is a flood, a large amount of water covers an area which is usually dry.Many people were injured in the floods.flʌd NOUN
  • Arabic: فَيَضَانPronunciation for فَيَضَان
  • Brazilian Portuguese: enchentePronunciation for enchente
  • Chinese: 洪水Pronunciation for 洪水
  • Croatian: poplavaPronunciation for poplava
  • Czech: povodeňPronunciation for povodeň
  • Danish: oversvømmelsePronunciation for oversvømmelse
  • Dutch: overstromingPronunciation for overstroming
  • European Spanish: inundaciónPronunciation for inundación
  • Finnish: tulvaPronunciation for tulva
  • French: inondationPronunciation for inondation
  • German: FlutPronunciation for Flut
  • Greek: πλημμύραPronunciation for πλημμύρα
  • Italian: inondazionePronunciation for inondazione
  • Japanese: 洪水Pronunciation for 洪水
  • Korean: 홍수Pronunciation for 홍수
  • Norwegian: oversvømmelsePronunciation for oversvømmelse
  • Polish: powódźPronunciation for powódź
  • Portuguese: cheiaPronunciation for cheia
  • Romanian: inundație inundații
  • Russian: потопPronunciation for потоп
  • Spanish: inundaciónPronunciation for inundación
  • Swedish: översvämningPronunciation for översvämning
  • Thai: น้ำท่วมPronunciation for น้ำท่วม
  • Turkish: selPronunciation for sel
  • Ukrainian: повінь
  • Vietnamese: lũ lụtPronunciation for lũ lụt
  • British English: floodPronunciation for flood If something such as a river or a burst pipe floods an area that is usually dry, it becomes covered with water.The river flooded the city's underground tunnel system.flʌd VERBriver, pipe
  • Arabic: يُغْرِقُPronunciation for يُغْرِقُ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: inundarPronunciation for inundar
  • Chinese: 淹没Pronunciation for 淹没
  • Croatian: poplavitiPronunciation for poplaviti
  • Czech: zaplavitPronunciation for zaplavit zaplavovat
  • Danish: oversvømmePronunciation for oversvømme
  • Dutch: overstromenPronunciation for overstromen
  • European Spanish: inundarPronunciation for inundar
  • Finnish: tulviaPronunciation for tulvia
  • French: inonderPronunciation for inonder
  • German: überschwemmenPronunciation for überschwemmen
  • Greek: πλημμυρίζωPronunciation for πλημμυρίζω
  • Italian: inondarePronunciation for inondare
  • Japanese: 氾濫させるPronunciation for 氾濫させる
  • Korean: (...을) 범람시키다Pronunciation for (...을) 범람시키다
  • Norwegian: oversvømmePronunciation for oversvømme
  • Polish: zalaćPronunciation for zalać zalewać
  • Portuguese: inundarPronunciation for inundar
  • Romanian: a inunda
  • Russian: затоплятьPronunciation for затоплять
  • Spanish: inundarPronunciation for inundar
  • Swedish: översvämmaPronunciation for översvämma
  • Thai: ท่วมPronunciation for ท่วม
  • Turkish: su basmakPronunciation for su basmak
  • Ukrainian: затоплювати затопити
  • Vietnamese: tràn ngậpPronunciation for tràn ngập
  • British English: floodPronunciation for flood If an area that is usually dry floods, it becomes covered with water.The kitchen flooded.flʌd VERBarea
  • Arabic: يَفْيضُPronunciation for يَفْيضُ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: extravasarPronunciation for extravasar
  • Chinese: 淹没Pronunciation for 淹没
  • Croatian: poplavitiPronunciation for poplaviti
  • Czech: rozvodnit sePronunciation for rozvodnit se rozvodňovat se
  • Danish: blive oversvømmetPronunciation for blive oversvømmet
  • Dutch: onder water lopenPronunciation for onder water lopen
  • European Spanish: inundarsePronunciation for inundarse
  • Finnish: tulviaPronunciation for tulvia
  • French: inonderPronunciation for inonder
  • German: überlaufenPronunciation for überlaufen
  • Greek: πλημμυρίζωPronunciation for πλημμυρίζω
  • Italian: allagarsiPronunciation for allagarsi
  • Japanese: 氾濫するPronunciation for 氾濫する
  • Korean: 범람하다Pronunciation for 범람하다
  • Norwegian: oversvømmePronunciation for oversvømme
  • Polish: zostać zalanymPronunciation for zostać zalanym być zalewanym
  • Portuguese: alagarPronunciation for alagar
  • Romanian: a inunda
  • Russian: затопитьPronunciation for затопить
  • Spanish: desbordarsePronunciation for desbordarse
  • Swedish: svämma överPronunciation for svämma över
  • Thai: ไหลบ่า ไหลล้นPronunciation for ไหลบ่า ไหลล้น
  • Turkish: su baskınına uğramakPronunciation for su baskınına uğramak
  • Ukrainian: затоплювати затопити
  • Vietnamese: ngậpPronunciation for ngập

Example Sentences Including 'flood'

A couple of lines from Gold, one of Spandau's biggest hits, flood into my mind.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
Alex Alexander came in with three million of sponsorship' and `the flood gates' were opened.
Susie Gilbert and Jay Shir A TALE OF FOUR HOUSES: Opera at Covent Garden, La Scala, Vienna and the Met since 1945 (2003)
But like Balfour's truly great crossword clue, a memoir should also release a flood of memory.
Globe and Mail (2003)
Even with Vladimir Smicer introduced to flood midfield, such breakaways were coming against a mounting tide of Catalan attacks.
Irish Times (2002)
However, the toxin also causes a flood of calcium into the affected cells, stopping colon cancer cells from replicating rapidly.
New Scientist (2003)
Silence, then the trickle at once became a small flood of words.
Thomas, Craig The Last Raven
The anti-terrorist branch is expecting a flood of requests from the FBI in coming weeks.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
The sort of stains left by a flood that had reached almost to the top.
Garth Nix LIRAEL: DAUGHTER OF THE CLAYR (2001)
The undergrowth encroaching upon them from all sides gleamed coldly in the light from the high-intensity flood lamps.
Wright, L R Sleep While I Sing

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