flood

A flood is an enormous amount of water. If the street is full of water, it's flooded. Too much of anything can also be called a flood.

Whenever it rains and rains and rains, there's the danger of a flood, a type of disaster where water is out of control. Because a flood is so powerful, people use the word when overwhelmed by other things. A top college graduate could be flooded with job offers — that's a good kind of flood. People can also be flooded with emotion. Words with similar meanings are deluge and overflow. Too much — or just a lot — of anything can seem like a flood.

Primary Meanings of flood

1.
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the rising of a body of water and its overflowing onto normally dry land
cover with liquid, usually water
2.
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an overwhelming number or amount
supply with an excess of
3.
n
light that is a source of artificial illumination having a broad beam; used in photography
Full Definitions of flood
1

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

Synonyms:
alluvion, deluge, inundation
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debacle
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
floodhead
a wall of water rushing ahead of the flood
Type of:
geological phenomenon
a natural phenomenon involving the structure or composition of the earth

n the act of flooding; filling to overflowing

Synonyms:
flowage
Type of:
filling
the act of filling something

n 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”
Synonyms:
flood tide, rising tide
Antonyms:
ebbtide
the tide while water is flowing out
Type of:
tide
the periodic rise and fall of the sea level under the gravitational pull of the moon

n a large flow

Synonyms:
outpouring, overflow
Types:
effusion
flow under pressure
Type of:
flow, stream
the act of flowing or streaming; continuous progression

v cover with liquid, usually water

“The swollen river flooded the village”
“The broken vein had flooded blood in her eyes”
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flow
cover or swamp with water
deluge, inundate, submerge
fill or cover completely, usually with water
drench, swamp
drench or submerge or be drenched or submerged
lap, lave, wash
wash or flow against
Type of:
cover, spread over
form a cover over

v fill quickly beyond capacity; as with a liquid

“The images flooded his mind”
Synonyms:
deluge, inundate, swamp
Type of:
fill, fill up, make full
make full, also in a metaphorical sense

v become filled to overflowing

“Our basement flooded during the heavy rains”
Type of:
fill, fill up
become full
2

n an overwhelming number or amount

“a flood of requests”
Synonyms:
deluge, inundation, torrent
Type of:
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

v supply with an excess of

flood the market with tennis shoes”
Synonyms:
glut, oversupply
Type of:
furnish, provide, render, supply
give something useful or necessary to
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n light that is a source of artificial illumination having a broad beam; used in photography

Synonyms:
flood lamp, floodlight, photoflood
Type of:
light, light source
any device serving as a source of illumination

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