What does flood mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. flood, inundation, deluge, alluvionnoun

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

    "plains fertilized by annual inundations"

  2. flood, inundation, deluge, torrentnoun

    an overwhelming number or amount

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

  3. flood, floodlight, flood lamp, photofloodnoun

    light that is a source of artificial illumination having a broad beam; used in photography

  4. flood, overflow, outpouringnoun

    a large flow

  5. flood, flowagenoun

    the act of flooding; filling to overflowing

  6. flood tide, flood, rising tideverb

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

    "a tide in the affairs of men which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune" -Shakespeare

  7. deluge, flood, inundate, swampverb

    fill quickly beyond capacity; as with a liquid

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

  8. floodverb

    cover with liquid, usually water

    "The swollen river flooded the village"; "The broken vein had flooded blood in her eyes"

  9. flood, oversupply, glutverb

    supply with an excess of

    "flood the market with tennis shoes"; "Glut the country with cheap imports from the Orient"

  10. floodverb

    become filled to overflowing

    "Our basement flooded during the heavy rains"


  1. floodnoun

    A (usually disastrous) overflow of water from a lake or other body of water due to excessive rainfall or other input of water.

  2. floodnoun

    A large number or quantity of anything appearing more rapidly than can easily be dealt with.

  3. floodnoun

    A floodlight

  4. floodverb

    To overflow.

  5. floodverb

    To cover or partly fill as if by a flood.

  6. floodverb

    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.

  7. floodverb

    To paste numerous lines of text to a chat system in order to disrupt the conversation.

  8. Floodnoun

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

  9. Etymology: flod, from flod, from common Germanic *flōduz, from Proto-Indo-European *plō-tu-, derived from *pleu- "to flow". Near cognates include Flut and Gothic (flōdus).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Floodverb

    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

  2. Floodverb

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

  3. Floodverb

    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. Floodverb

    menstrual disharge; menses

  5. Floodverb

    to overflow; to inundate; to deluge; as, the swollen river flooded the valley

  6. Floodverb

    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

  7. Etymology: [OE. flod a flowing, stream, flood, AS. fld; akin to D. vloed, OS. fld, OHG. fluot, G. flut, Icel. fl, Sw. & Dan. flod, Goth. fldus; from the root of E. flow. 80. See Flow, v. i.]


  1. Flood

    A flood is an overflow of water that submerges land which is normally dry. The European Union Floods Directive defines a flood as a covering by water of land not normally covered by water. In the sense of "flowing water", the word may also be applied to the inflow of the tide. Flooding may occur as an overflow of water from water bodies, such as a river or lake, in which the water overtops or breaks levees, resulting in some of that water escaping its usual boundaries, or it may occur due to an accumulation of rainwater on saturated ground in an areal flood. While the size of a lake or other body of water will vary with seasonal changes in precipitation and snow melt, these changes in size are unlikely to be considered significant unless they flood property or drown domestic animals. Floods can also occur in rivers when the flow rate exceeds the capacity of the river channel, particularly at bends or meanders in the waterway. Floods often cause damage to homes and businesses if they are in the natural flood plains of rivers. While riverine flood damage can be eliminated by moving away from rivers and other bodies of water, people have traditionally lived and worked by rivers because the land is usually flat and fertile and because rivers provide easy travel and access to commerce and industry.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Flood

    flud, n. a great flow of water: (B.) a river: an inundation: a deluge: the rise or flow of the tide: any great quantity.—v.t. to overflow: to inundate: to bleed profusely, as after parturition:—pr.p. flood′ing; pa.p. flood′ed.ns. Flood′-gate, a gate for letting water flow through, or to prevent it: an opening or passage: an obstruction; Flood′ing, an extraordinary flow of blood from the uterus; Flood′mark, the mark or line to which the tide rises; Flood′-tide, the rising or inflowing tide.—The Flood, the deluge in the days of Noah. [A.S. flód; Dut. vloed, Ger. fluth. Cog. with flow.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. flood

    [common] 1. To overwhelm a network channel with mechanically-generated traffic; especially used of IP, TCP/IP, UDP, or ICMP denial-of-service attacks. 2. To dump large amounts of text onto an IRC channel. This is especially rude when the text is uninteresting and the other users are trying to carry on a serious conversation. Also used in a similar sense on Usenet. 3. [Usenet] To post an unusually large number or volume of files on a related topic.

Rap Dictionary

  1. floodnoun

    A disrespectful word for a blood. Nigga you is a flood go suck a dick and be a fag like Slick Rick -- Trama (Fu** Scrappy)

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'flood' in Nouns Frequency: #2209

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'flood' in Verbs Frequency: #944

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of flood in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of flood in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of flood in a Sentence

  1. Kate Jones:

    It's not OK to transform a forest into agriculture without understanding the impact that has on climate, carbon storage, disease emergence and flood risk, you can't do those things in isolation without thinking about what that does to humans.

  2. Garth Sampson:

    Looking at the statistics over the last several years, our best chance of seeing 50-millimiter events will probably be in August. If we don't see any significant rainfall by September, then our next best chance is only around March next year, which is concerning, the only way this water crisis is coming to an end it with a flood. But fortunately, or unfortunately — depending on who you ask — there are no forecasts suggesting rain of that magnitude anytime soon.

  3. Kevin Coffey:

    This is 4 feet( 1.2 meters) above the worst flood we ever had, the town looks like one huge lake.

  4. Scotland Steve Williams:

    I watched the second hole flood in seven minutes.

  5. Emilie Faye:

    Before, one had to accept that houses here flood. But this project opened our eyes to see there is a solution.

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