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 ebb
  • 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

  • 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.
  • See splash, 4.
  • 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.
  • n. A large, broad body of water; main tide.
  • n. The main ocean; main sea.

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


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English flod, from Old English flōd.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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).


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