Feeling overwhelmed, like you're underwater? You might be experiencing a deluge — like when you've been given a deluge of homework over vacation: a dozen term papers, two dozen books to read, and a mile-high stack of math problems.

The noun deluge is an overwhelming amount of something in general, such as work, people, or questions. Because of its Latin roots, however, in particular it means an overwhelming amount of water. It comes from diluvian, which means flood. The verb deluge similarly means to overwhelm or inundate with something, particularly water. The hurricane deluged the island with rain. A deluge isn't always a bad thing, however. One thing most people would like to be deluged with? Money.

Definitions of deluge
  1. noun
    a heavy rain
    synonyms: cloudburst, downpour, pelter, soaker, torrent, waterspout
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    type of:
    rain, rainfall
    water falling in drops from vapor condensed in the atmosphere
  2. noun
    the rising of a body of water and its overflowing onto normally dry land
    synonyms: alluvion, flood, inundation
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    flooding caused by a tumultuous breakup of ice in a river during the spring or summer
    flash flood, flashflood
    a sudden local flood of great volume and short duration
    Noachian deluge, Noah and the Flood, Noah's flood, the Flood
    (Biblical) the great deluge that is said in the Book of Genesis to have occurred in the time of Noah; it was brought by God upon the earth because of the wickedness of human beings
    a wall of water rushing ahead of the flood
    type of:
    geological phenomenon
    a natural phenomenon involving the structure or composition of the earth
  3. noun
    an overwhelming number or amount
    synonyms: barrage, flood, flurry, inundation, torrent
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    batch, deal, flock, good deal, great deal, hatful, heap, lot, mass, mess, mickle, mint, mountain, muckle, passel, peck, pile, plenty, pot, quite a little, raft, sight, slew, spate, stack, tidy sum, wad
    (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent
  4. verb
    fill or cover completely, usually with water
    synonyms: inundate, submerge
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    type of:
    cover with liquid, usually water
  5. verb
    fill quickly beyond capacity; as with a liquid
    synonyms: flood, inundate, swamp
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    type of:
    fill, fill up, make full
    make full, also in a metaphorical sense
  6. verb
    charge someone with too many tasks
    synonyms: flood out, overwhelm
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    type of:
    burden, charge, saddle
    impose a task upon, assign a responsibility to
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