flash flood


noun

a sudden and destructive rush of water down a narrow gully or over a sloping surface, caused by heavy rainfall.

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Origin of flash flood

First recorded in 1935–40

synonym study for flash flood

See flood.
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British Dictionary definitions for flash flood

flash flood

noun

a sudden short-lived torrent, usually caused by a heavy storm, esp in desert regions
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Scientific definitions for flash flood

flash flood
[ flăsh ]

A sudden, localized flood of great volume and short duration, typically caused by unusually heavy rain in a semiarid area. Flash floods can reach their peak volume in a matter of a few minutes and often carry large loads of mud and rock fragments.
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