|1.||a. the inundation of land that is normally dry through the overflowing of a body of water, esp a river|
|b. the state of a river that is at an abnormally high level (esp in the phrase in flood)Related: diluvial|
|2.||a great outpouring or flow: a flood of words|
|3.||a. the rising of the tide from low to high water|
|b. Compare ebb (as modifier): the flood tide|
|4.||theatre short for floodlight|
|5.||archaic a large body of water, as the sea or a river|
|6.||(of water) to inundate or submerge (land) or (of land) to be inundated or submerged|
|7.||to fill or be filled to overflowing, as with a flood: the children's home was flooded with gifts|
|8.||(intr) to flow; surge: relief flooded through him|
|9.||to supply an excessive quantity of petrol to (a carburettor or petrol engine) or (of a carburettor, etc) to be supplied with such an excess|
|10.||(intr) to rise to a flood; overflow|
|a. to bleed profusely from the uterus, as following childbirth|
|b. to have an abnormally heavy flow of blood during a menstrual period|
|[Old English flōd; related to Old Norse flōth, Gothic flōdus, Old High German fluot flood, Greek plōtos navigable; see |
|flood (flŭd) Pronunciation Key
A temporary rise of the water level, as in a river or lake or along a seacoast, resulting in its spilling over and out of its natural or artificial confines onto land that is normally dry. Floods are usually caused by excessive runoff from precipitation or snowmelt, or by coastal storm surges or other tidal phenomena. ◇ Floods are sometimes described according to their statistical occurrence. A fifty-year flood is a flood having a magnitude that is reached in a particular location on average once every fifty years. In any given year there is a two percent statistical chance of the occurrence of a fifty-year flood and a one percent chance of a hundred-year flood.
floodv. [common; IRC] To dump large amounts of text onto an IRC channel. This is especially rude when the text is uninteresting and the other users are trying to carry on a serious conversation. Also used in a similar sense on Usenet.
an event recorded in Gen. 7 and 8. (See DELUGE.) In Josh. 24:2, 3, 14, 15, the word "flood" (R.V., "river") means the river Euphrates. In Ps. 66:6, this word refers to the river Jordan.