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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"


  1. inundationnoun

    The act of inundating, or the state of being inundated; an overflow; a flood; a rising and spreading of water over grounds.

  2. inundationnoun

    (metaphorical) An overspreading of any kind; overflowing or superfluous abundance; a flood; a great influx; as, an inundation of tourists.

  3. Etymology: inundatio, form of inundo (English inundate).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Inundationnoun

    Etymology: inundation, French; inundatio, Latin.

    Her father counts it dangerous,
    That she should give her sorrow so much sway;
    And in his wisdom hastes our marriage,
    To stop the inundation of her tears. William Shakespeare, Rom. and Juliet.

    The same inundation was not past forty foot in most places; so that although it destroyed man and beast generally, yet some few wild inhabitants of the woods escaped. Francis Bacon.

    All fountains of the deep,
    Broke up, shall heave the ocean to usurp
    Beyond all bounds, 'till inundation rise
    Above the highest hills. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. xi.

    This inundation unto the Egyptians happeneth when it is Winter unto the Ethiopians. Thomas Browne, Vulg. Errours.

    Your care about your banks infers a fear
    Of threatening floods, and inundations near. Dryden.

    The hero next assail'd proud Doway's head,
    And spite of confluent inundations spread
    With unexampled valour did succeed. Richard Blackmore.

    No swelling inundation hides the grounds,
    But crystal currents glide within their bounds. John Gay.

    Many good towns, through that inundation of the Irish, were utterly wasted. Edmund Spenser.


  1. inundation

    A flood is an overflow of water (or rarely other fluids) that submerges land that is usually dry. In the sense of "flowing water", the word may also be applied to the inflow of the tide. Floods are an area of study of the discipline hydrology and are of significant concern in agriculture, civil engineering and public health. Human changes to the environment often increase the intensity and frequency of flooding, for example land use changes such as deforestation and removal of wetlands, changes in waterway course or flood controls such as with levees, and larger environmental issues such as climate change and sea level rise. In particular climate change's increased rainfall and extreme weather events increases the severity of other causes for flooding, resulting in more intense floods and increased flood risk.Flooding may occur as an overflow of water from water bodies, such as a river, lake, or ocean, 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. Flooding can lead to secondary consequences in addition to damage to property, such as long-term displacement of residents and creating increased spread of waterborne diseases and vector-bourne disesases transmitted by mosquitos.


  1. inundation

    Inundation is the act of flooding or overwhelming with water or any other substance, or in a metaphorical sense, overwhelming with an abundance or a high quantity of something. The term is often used in relation to natural disasters, excessive information, or in any situation where an overflow occurs.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Inundationnoun

    the act of inundating, or the state of being inundated; an overflow; a flood; a rising and spreading of water over grounds

  2. Inundationnoun

    an overspreading of any kind; overflowing or superfluous abundance; a flood; a great influx; as, an inundation of tourists

  3. Etymology: [L. inundatio: cf. F. inondation.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. inundation

    The act of letting water into a country so that it shall be overflowed, to prevent the approach of an enemy. It is among the most considerable of the various methods which have been devised for impeding the approach to a field-work, or indeed, any fortification.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of inundation in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of inundation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of inundation in a Sentence

  1. Scott Morrison:

    This will be heartbreaking to these communities that have been experiencing years of drought only to see that turn into a torrential inundation.

  2. Dave Porter:

    It's not one of these snow-melt events, it's the inundation of rain over the last 24 hours.

  3. Tiffany Anderson:

    Weve long suspected processes like shoreline erosion, waves overtopping and inundation would be additional factors for Hawaii, we found out it covers a lot more land ... I wasnt expecting such a large increase due to these other two processes.

  4. Saadi:

    A little and a little, collected together, becomes a great deal; the heap in the barn consists of single grains, and drop and drop make the inundation.

  5. Zoe Richards:

    Today, the ancient tombs of the royal burial complexes are one of the few parts of the ancient Leluh site that remain intact, much of the historical site is overgrown by the tropical forest and has succumbed to hundreds of years of tropical weather and tidal inundation, and some parts of the site have been dismantled and reused in modern construction.

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