Definitions for: Flood


[n] a large flow
[n] the act of flooding; filling to overflowing
[n] light that is a source of artificial illumination having a broad beam; used in photography
[n] the inward flow of the tide; "a tide in the affairs of men which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune" -Shakespeare
[n] the rising of a body of water and its overflowing onto normally dry land; "plains fertilized by annual inundations"1
[n] an overwhelming number or amount; "a flood of requests"; "a torrent of abuse"
[v] cover with liquid, usually water; "The swollen river flooded the village"; "The broken vein had flooded blood in her eyes"
[v] become filled to overflowing; "Our basement flooded during the heavy rains"
[v] fill quickly beyond capacity; as with a liquid; "the basement was inundated after the storm"; "The images flooded his mind"
[v] supply with an excess of; "flood the market with tennis shoes"; "Glut the country with cheap imports from the Orient"



Webster (1913) Definition: Flood, n. [OE. flod a flowing, stream, flood, AS.
fl[=o]d; akin to D. vloed, OS. fl[=o]d, OHG. fluot, G. flut,
Icel. fl[=o][eth], Sw. & Dan. flod, Goth. fl[=o]dus; from the
root of E. flow. [root]80. See Flow, v. i.]
1. A great flow of water; a body of moving water; the flowing
stream, as of a river; especially, a body of water,
rising, swelling, and overflowing land not usually thus
covered; a deluge; a freshet; an inundation.

A covenant never to destroy The earth again by
flood. --Milton.

2. The flowing in of the tide; the semidiurnal swell or rise
of water in the ocean; -- opposed to ebb; as, young flood;
high flood.

There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which, taken
at the flood, leads on to fortune. --Shak.

3. A great flow or stream of any fluid substance; as, a flood
of light; a flood of lava; hence, a great quantity widely
diffused; an overflowing; a superabundance; as, a flood of
bank notes; a flood of paper currency.

4. Menstrual disharge; menses. --Harvey.

Flood anchor (Naut.), the anchor by which a ship is held
while the tide is rising.

Flood fence, a fence so secured that it will not be swept
away by a flood.

Flood gate, a gate for shutting out, admitting, or
releasing, a body of water; a tide gate.

Flood mark, the mark or line to which the tide, or a flood,
rises; high-water mark.

Flood tide, the rising tide; -- opposed to ebb tide.

The Flood, the deluge in the days of Noah.


Flood, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Flooded; p. pr. & vb. n.
Flooding.]
1. To overflow; to inundate; to deluge; as, the swollen river
flooded the valley.

2. To cause or permit to be inundated; to fill or cover with
water or other fluid; as, to flood arable land for
irrigation; to fill to excess or to its full capacity; as,
to flood a country with a depreciated currency.

Synonyms: alluvion, deluge, deluge, deluge, flood lamp, floodlight, glut, inundate, inundation, inundation, outpouring, overflow, oversupply, photoflood, swamp, torrent

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