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flood

flood

 
 
pronunciation:
fluhd
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: an overflowing of water onto land that is not normally under water.
The flood destroyed homes and killed wildlife.Most of their possessions were lost in the flood.
synonyms:
deluge, inundation
similar words:
cataclysm, cataract, freshet, torrent
definition 2: a great outpouring or flow.
The new rule met with a flood of protest from teachers.
synonyms:
spate, torrent
antonyms:
trickle
similar words:
avalanche, deluge, gush, hail, outpouring, overflow, pour, stream, surge
definition 3: the incoming or rising tide. (Cf. ebb.)
antonyms:
ebb
similar words:
cataract, current, flow, flux, tide
definition 4: (cap.) the deluge described in the biblical account of Noah.
similar words:
cataclysm, deluge
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: flooded, flooding, floods
definition 1: to cover or inundate with a flow of water.
The rains flooded the fields.He left the water running and flooded the bathroom.The river floods its banks during the yearly monsoon.
synonyms:
deluge, engulf, inundate, submerge, swamp
similar words:
cover, overflow, overrun, pour
definition 2: to fill, overfill, or overwhelm with an abundant flow of something.
Local radio stations were flooded with telephone calls.
synonyms:
deluge, inundate, swamp
similar words:
avalanche, engulf, glut, gush, load, overflow, overwhelm, pour, saturate
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to become flooded.
The valley flooded quickly.
synonyms:
overflow
similar words:
overrun, submerge, swamp
definition 2: to rise, overflow, or pour in, or as if in, a flood.
The river has flooded twice this year.Curious onlookers flooded into the courtroom.
synonyms:
overflow, stream
antonyms:
ebb
similar words:
cascade, debouch, flow, gush, overrun, pour, rise, surge
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