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  1. flood
  2. noun


    • 1. cover or submerge (a place or area) with water:

      the dam burst, flooding a small town watching her father flood their backyard skating rink
    • 2. become covered or submerged with water:

      part of the vessel flooded Sarah's eyes flooded with tears
    • 3. drive someone out of their home or business with a flood:

      most of the families who have been flooded out will receive compensation
    • 4. (of a river or sea) become swollen and overflow (its banks):

      the river flooded its banks the river will flood if it gets much worse
      Synonym : overflow, burst its banks, brim over, run over, overbrim, disembogue
    • 5. overfill the carburetor of (an engine) with fuel, causing the engine to fail to start.

    • 6. arrive in overwhelming amounts or quantities:

      sunlight flooded in at the windows congratulatory messages flooded in his old fears came flooding back
    • 7. completely fill or suffuse:

      she flooded the room with light
    • 8. overwhelm or swamp with large amounts or quantities:

      our switchboard was flooded with calls
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: flood, plural noun: floods

    • v.: verb: flood, 3rd person present: floods, gerund or present participle: flooding, past tense: flooded, past participle: flooded

    • noun

      an overflow of a large amount of water beyond its normal limits, especially over what is normally dry land:

      the biblical flood brought by God upon the earth because of the wickedness of the human race (Gen. 6 ff.).

    • verb

      cover or submerge (an area) with water in a flood:

      become covered or submerged by a flood:

    • noun

      an incoming tide.

      a powerful surge or flow of something:

    • noun

      the tide or a river at its highest:

      see flood

    • noun

      a sudden local flood, typically due to heavy rain.
    • noun

      an incoming tide.

      an overwhelming quantity or amount of people or things:

    • noun

      the prevention of the overflow of a large amount of water beyond its normal limits, or the restriction of the effects of such an overflow:
    • noun

      physical harm caused by the effects of the overflow of a large amount of water beyond its normal limits:
    • noun

      the height reached by a body of water resulting from the overflow of a river beyond its normal limits:
    • noun

      the tide at its highest:
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