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waterflood

[waw-ter-fluhd, wot-er-]
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noun
  1. (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

First recorded in 1925–30; water + flood
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Historical Examples

  • They rushed through the city like a waterflood, and large numbers of the natives were slain, and large numbers taken prisoners.

    The Literature of the Ancient Egyptians

    E. A. Wallis Budge


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