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Meaning & Definition of Flood in English

English

Flood

/fləd/

noun

1. The rising of a body of water and its overflowing onto normally dry land

  • "Plains fertilized by annual inundations"
    synonym:
  • flood
  • ,
  • inundation
  • ,
  • deluge
  • ,
  • alluvion

2. An overwhelming number or amount

  • "A flood of requests"
  • "A torrent of abuse"
    synonym:
  • flood
  • ,
  • inundation
  • ,
  • deluge
  • ,
  • torrent

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

  • Used in photography
    synonym:
  • flood
  • ,
  • floodlight
  • ,
  • flood lamp
  • ,
  • photoflood

4. A large flow

    synonym:
  • flood
  • ,
  • overflow
  • ,
  • outpouring

5. The act of flooding

  • Filling to overflowing
    synonym:
  • flood
  • ,
  • flowage

6. 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
    synonym:
  • flood tide
  • ,
  • flood
  • ,
  • rising tide

verb

1. Fill quickly beyond capacity

  • As with a liquid
  • "The basement was inundated after the storm"
  • "The images flooded his mind"
    synonym:
  • deluge
  • ,
  • flood
  • ,
  • inundate
  • ,
  • swamp

2. Cover with liquid, usually water

  • "The swollen river flooded the village"
  • "The broken vein had flooded blood in her eyes"
    synonym:
  • flood

3. Supply with an excess of

  • "Flood the market with tennis shoes"
  • "Glut the country with cheap imports from the orient"
    synonym:
  • flood
  • ,
  • oversupply
  • ,
  • glut

4. Become filled to overflowing

  • "Our basement flooded during the heavy rains"
    synonym:
  • flood

Examples of using

Relief has been sent to the flood sufferers.
Many lives were lost in the flood.
Three people are missing after the flood.