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waterflood

[waw-ter-fluhd, wot-er-] /ˈwɔ tərˌflʌd, ˈwɒt ər-/
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(in the petroleum industry) a method of secondary recovery whereby water is pumped into reservoir rock to force out oil that has ceased to flow under its own pressure.
Origin of waterflood
1925-1930
1925-30; water + flood
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