What does deluge mean?

Definitions for deluge
ˈdɛl yudʒ, -yuʒ, -udʒ, -uʒ, dɪˈludʒ, -ˈluʒdel·uge

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. flood, inundation, deluge, torrentnoun

    an overwhelming number or amount

    "a flood of requests"; "a torrent of abuse"

  2. downpour, cloudburst, deluge, waterspout, torrent, pelter, soakernoun

    a heavy rain

  3. flood, inundation, deluge, alluvionverb

    the rising of a body of water and its overflowing onto normally dry land

    "plains fertilized by annual inundations"

  4. deluge, flood, inundate, swampverb

    fill quickly beyond capacity; as with a liquid

    "the basement was inundated after the storm"; "The images flooded his mind"

  5. overwhelm, deluge, flood outverb

    charge someone with too many tasks

  6. inundate, deluge, submergeverb

    fill or cover completely, usually with water


  1. delugenoun

    A great flood or rain.

    The deluge continued for hours, drenching the land and slowing traffic to a halt.

  2. delugenoun

    An overwhelming amount of something.

    The rock concert was a deluge of sound.

  3. delugeverb

    To flood with water.

  4. delugeverb

    To overwhelm.

    After the announcement, they were deluged with requests for more information.

  5. Delugenoun

    The Biblical flood during the time of Noah.

  6. Etymology: See deluge.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. DELUGEnoun

    Etymology: deluge, French, from diluvium, Latin.

    The apostle doth plainly intimate, that the old world was subject to perish by a deluge, as this is subject to perish by conflagration. Thomas Burnet, Theory of the Earth.

    But if with bays and dams they strive to force
    His channel to a new or narrow course,
    No longer then within his banks he dwells,
    First to a torrent, then a deluge swells. John Denham.

  2. To Delugeverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    The restless flood the land would overflow,
    By which the delug’d earth would useless grow. Richard Blackmore.

    Still the battering waves rush in
    Implacable, ’till delug’d by the foam
    The ship sinks, found’ring in the vast abyss. Philips.

    At length corruption, like a general flood,
    Shall deluge all. Alexander Pope, Epist. iii. l. 137.


  1. deluge

    Deluge refers to a large amount of something, typically water, that is unleashed suddenly and forcefully, leading to overwhelming or extensive flooding or inundation. It can also be used metaphorically to describe a sudden, overwhelming abundance or outpouring of something, such as information, tasks, emotions, etc.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Delugenoun

    a washing away; an overflowing of the land by water; an inundation; a flood; specifically, The Deluge, the great flood in the days of Noah (Gen. vii.)

  2. Delugenoun

    fig.: Anything which overwhelms, or causes great destruction

  3. Delugeverb

    to overflow with water; to inundate; to overwhelm

  4. Delugeverb

    to overwhelm, as with a deluge; to cover; to overspread; to overpower; to submerge; to destroy; as, the northern nations deluged the Roman empire with their armies; the land is deluged with woe

  5. Etymology: [F. dluge, L. diluvium, fr. diluere wash away; di- = dis- + luere, equiv. to lavare to wash. See Lave, and cf. Diluvium.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Deluge

    del′ūj, n. a great overflow of water: a flood: esp. that in the days of Noah.—v.t. to inundate: to overwhelm as with water. [Fr.,—L. diluviumdiluĕredis, away, luĕre, to wash.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Deluge

    name given to the tradition, common to several races, of a flood of such universality as to sweep the land, if not the earth, of all its inhabitants, except the pair by whom the land of the earth was repeopled.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of deluge in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of deluge in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of deluge in a Sentence

  1. Ismail Haniya:

    I say to our people everywhere, be prepared for a human deluge on all of the borders of Palestine, inside the occupied land and outside the occupied land, i say to the (Israeli occupiers) your time is gone.

  2. Horace Mann:

    Education is our only political safety. Outside of this ark all is deluge.

  3. Trizia Herrera:

    It's not just that the risk of infection is high but what's being called a return to the new normal could make new cases increase exponentially... leading to more loss of life, it seems premature that President Lopez Obrador is talking about ruling out a deluge in Mexico, as the epidemic is still growing.

  4. Stephen Innes:

    The deluge of U.S. crude production continues to hold the top-side in check.

  5. Matt Smith:

    China went on a global buying binge, there is just this deluge of crude building up offshore.

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