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[fluhd-waw-ter, -wot-er] /ˈflʌdˌwɔ tər, -ˌwɒt ər/
the water that overflows as the result of a flood.
Origin of floodwater
1785-95; flood + water Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • She told him that the floodwater was toxic and that he would soon become sick.
  • In almost every generation, floodwater has poured in from the oceans.
  • Many wildebeest drowned in this floodwater crossing.
  • Mud left from floodwater can contain sewage and chemicals.
  • Quite surreal watching leaves and feathers moving with the wind on the oil slick in the opposite direction to the floodwater.
  • floodwater is especially dangerous because it can contain sewer overflow, which can carry serious diseases.
  • floodwater inundates the building, saturating the building materials and its contents.
  • Use protective clothing if exposed to polluted floodwater.
  • Use a personal floatation device when working near floodwater.
  • Local residents reported seeing vortices develop in the floodwater above the fissures as water rapidly entered the fissures.

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