from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An overflowing of water onto land that is normally dry.
- n. A flood tide.
- n. An abundant flow or outpouring: received a flood of applications. See Synonyms at flow.
- n. A floodlight, specifically a unit that produces a beam of intense light.
- n. In the Bible, the covering of the earth with water that occurred during the time of Noah.
- transitive v. To cover or submerge with or as if with a flood; inundate: My desk is flooded with paper.
- transitive v. To fill with an abundance or an excess: flood the market with cheap goods.
- intransitive v. To become inundated or submerged.
- intransitive v. To pour forth; overflow.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A (usually disastrous) overflow of water from a lake or other body of water due to excessive rainfall or other input of water.
- n. A large number or quantity of anything appearing more rapidly than can easily be dealt with.
- n. A floodlight
- v. To overflow.
- v. To cover or partly fill as if by a flood.
- v. To provide (someone or something) with a larger number or quantity of something than cannot easily be dealt with.
- v. To paste numerous lines of text to a chat system in order to disrupt the conversation.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. The flowing in of the tide; the semidiurnal swell or rise of water in the ocean; -- opposed to
- n. A great flow or stream of any fluid substance; ; hence, a great quantity widely diffused; an overflowing; a superabundance
- n. Menstrual disharge; menses.
- transitive v. To overflow; to inundate; to deluge.
- transitive v. To cause or permit to be inundated; to fill or cover with water or other fluid; ; to fill to excess or to its full capacity.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Flowing water; a stream, especially a great stream; a river.
- n. A great body of water; the sea.
- n. A great body of moving water, rising, swelling, and overflowing land not usually covered with water; a deluge; an inundation.
- n. The inflow of the tide; the semidiurnal rise or swell of water in the ocean: opposed to ebb.
- n. A great body or stream of any fluid or fluidlike substance; anything resembling such a stream: as, a flood of lava; a flood of light.
- n. Hence A great quantity; an overflowing abundance; a superabundance.
- n. The menstrual discharge when excessive.
- To overflow; inundate; deluge, literally or figuratively: as, to flood a building or a mine in order to extinguish a fire; to flood a meadow.
- To be poured out abundantly; rise in a flood.
- To have an excessive menstrual discharge; also, to bleed profusely after parturition; suffer post-partum hemorrhage; flow, as a lying-in woman.
- n. A large, broad body of water; main tide.
- n. The main ocean; main sea.
- See splash, 4.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a large flow
- n. the rising of a body of water and its overflowing onto normally dry land
- v. supply with an excess of
- n. the act of flooding; filling to overflowing
- v. fill quickly beyond capacity; as with a liquid
- v. become filled to overflowing
- v. cover with liquid, usually water
- n. the occurrence of incoming water (between a low tide and the following high tide)
- n. an overwhelming number or amount
- n. light that is a source of artificial illumination having a broad beam; used in photography
Middle English flod, from Old English flōd.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English flod, from Old English flōd, from common Germanic *flōduz, from Proto-Indo-European *plō-tu-, derived from *pleu- "to flow". Near cognates include German Flut and Gothic (flōdus). (Wiktionary)