inundation

An overabundance of something is an inundation. If you got an inundation of requests for your famous chocolate cupcakes, you better get baking!

If you advertised a free piano in the local newspaper, you might get an inundation of emails in response, and your picnic on the grass could be ruined by an inundation of ants. Inundation can also refer specifically to a flood of water, like when a riverbank is at risk of inundation after several days of heavy rain. This makes sense as the root word in Latin is inundationem, "an overflowing."

Definitions of inundation
  1. noun
    an overwhelming number or amount
    synonyms: barrage, deluge, flood, flurry, 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
  2. noun
    the rising of a body of water and its overflowing onto normally dry land
    “plains fertilized by annual inundations
    synonyms: alluvion, deluge, flood
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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
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