- a form of psychotherapy in which the patient receives abrupt and intense, rather than gradual, exposure to a fear-producing situation.
Origin of flooding
- a great flowing or overflowing of water, especially over land not usually submerged.
- any great outpouring or stream: a flood of tears.
- the Flood, the universal deluge recorded as having occurred in the days of Noah. Gen. 7.
- the rise or flowing in of the tide (opposed to ebb).
- a floodlight.
- Archaic. a large body of water.
- to overflow in or cover with a flood; fill to overflowing: Don't flood the bathtub.
- to cover or fill, as if with a flood: The road was flooded with cars.
- to overwhelm with an abundance of something: to be flooded with mail.
- Automotive. to supply too much fuel to (the carburetor), so that the engine fails to start.
- to floodlight.
- to flow or pour in or as if in a flood.
- to rise in a flood; overflow.
- to suffer uterine hemorrhage, especially in connection with childbirth.
- to have an excessive menstrual flow.
Origin of flood
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Examples from the Web for flooding
Meanwhile her husband William and his brother Harry were busy laying sandbags in towns affected by flooding.Kate Middleton's Awe-Inspiring Post-Baby Body
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The game consists of flooding the bathroom with water, hiking up your skirt, and then gliding over the stream.‘Nymphomaniac,’ Lars von Trier’s Icy Orgy of Sex and Self-Loathing, Bows At Sundance
January 23, 2014
He recalls calling a meeting when “American Gypsies were flooding in by the carload” to Milwaukee.American Gypsies Are a Persecuted Minority That Is Starting to Fight Back
December 22, 2013
Its surgeons have had to deal with bombs, flooding and a shooter rampaging through the hospital.11 Wacky, Moving, Memorable ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Moments (VIDEO)
October 10, 2013
Of the 397 wells Encana shut down when flooding began, about 150 are back online.Did Floods Cause a Fracking Disaster in Colorado?
September 19, 2013
The fever was in his brain, the magic of the tropic moon was flooding his soul.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
The flooding of the Yser marks the end of the main struggle for Calais.
The sun was flooding my chamber, and at my bedside stood Anatole.Bardelys the Magnificent
The moon had risen and was flooding the tumbled landscape with its cold, white light.The Coyote
Your boss politicians,” said Conroy, “have been flooding us out with telegrams.The Red Hand of Ulster
George A. Birmingham
- the submerging of land under water, esp due to heavy rain, a lake or river overflowing, etc
- pathol excessive bleeding from the uterus, as following childbirth
- psychol a method of eliminating anxiety in a given situation, by exposing a person to the situation until the anxiety subsides
- the inundation of land that is normally dry through the overflowing of a body of water, esp a river
- the state of a river that is at an abnormally high level (esp in the phrase in flood)Related adjective: diluvial
- a great outpouring or flowa flood of words
- the rising of the tide from low to high water
- (as modifier)the flood tide Compare ebb (def. 3)
- theatre short for floodlight
- archaic a large body of water, as the sea or a river
- (of water) to inundate or submerge (land) or (of land) to be inundated or submerged
- to fill or be filled to overflowing, as with a floodthe children's home was flooded with gifts
- (intr) to flow; surgerelief flooded through him
- 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
- (intr) to rise to a flood; overflow
- to bleed profusely from the uterus, as following childbirth
- to have an abnormally heavy flow of blood during a menstrual period
- the Flood Old Testament the flood extending over all the earth from which Noah and his family and livestock were saved in the ark. (Genesis 7–8); the Deluge
- Henry . 1732–91, Anglo-Irish politician: leader of the parliamentary opposition to English rule
Word Origin and History for flooding
1660s, from flood (n.). Related: Flooded; flooding.
Old English flod "a flowing of water, flood, an overflowing of land by water, Noah's Flood; mass of water, river, sea, wave," from Proto-Germanic *flothuz (cf. Old Frisian flod, Old Norse floð, Middle Dutch vloet, Dutch vloed, German Flut, Gothic flodus), from PIE verbal stem *pleu- "flow, float" (see pluvial). Figurative use by mid-14c.
- A form of desensitization used in behavior therapy in which the patient imagines or is actually exposed to anxiety-producing stimuli.
- 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.