Definitions for: Deluge

[n] the rising of a body of water and its overflowing onto normally dry land; "plains fertilized by annual inundations"1
[n] a heavy rain
[n] an overwhelming number or amount; "a flood of requests"; "a torrent of abuse"
[v] fill or cover completely, usually with water
[v] charge someone with too many tasks
[v] fill quickly beyond capacity; as with a liquid; "the basement was inundated after the storm"; "The images flooded his mind"

Webster (1913) Definition: Del"uge, n. [F. d['e]luge, L. diluvium, fr. diluere
wash away; di- = dis- + luere, equiv. to lavare to wash. See
Lave, and cf. Diluvium.]
1. A washing away; an overflowing of the land by water; an
inundation; a flood; specifically, The Deluge, the great
flood in the days of Noah (--Gen. vii.).

2. Fig.: Anything which overwhelms, or causes great
destruction. ``The deluge of summer.'' --Lowell.

A fiery deluge fed With ever-burning sulphur
unconsumed. --Milton.

As I grub up some quaint old fragment of a [London]
street, or a house, or a shop, or tomb or burial
ground, which has still survived in the deluge. --F.

After me the deluge. (Apr['e]s moi le d['e]luge.)
--Madame de

Del"uge, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Deluged; p. pr. & vb. n.
1. To overflow with water; to inundate; to overwhelm.

The deluged earth would useless grow. --Blackmore.

2. To overwhelm, as with a deluge; to cover; to overspread;
to overpower; to submerge; to destroy; as, the northern
nations deluged the Roman empire with their armies; the
land is deluged with woe.

At length corruption, like a general flood . . .
Shall deluge all. --Pope.

Synonyms: alluvion, cloudburst, downpour, flood, flood, flood, flood out, inundate, inundate, inundation, inundation, overwhelm, pelter, soaker, submerge, swamp, torrent, torrent, waterspout

See Also: batch, burden, charge, deal, debacle, fill, fill up, flash flood, flashflood, flock, flood, flood in, geological phenomenon, good deal, great deal, hatful, heap, lot, make full, mass, mess, mickle, mint, muckle, peck, pile, plenty, pot, quite a little, raft, rain, rainfall, saddle, sight, slew, spate, stack, tidy sum, wad, whole lot, whole slew

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