verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- to suffer uterine hemorrhage, especially in connection with childbirth.
- to have an excessive menstrual flow.
- flood basalt,
- flood control,
- flood insurance,
- flood lamp,
- flood plain
Origin of flood
Examples from the Web for flood
Brazen cherry-picking of the information in this story inspired a flood of “Bush Was Right All Along!”
In our Capitol, Albany lawmakers enjoy a flood of money, personal accounts, and protection for incumbents against attacks.Hunger Games Comes to New York State’s Public Schools|Zephyr Teachout|November 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When the family was fine, or when a cruel employee at the dam was behind the flood, God was left out of the explanation.Why Are Millennials Unfriending Organized Religion?|Vlad Chituc|November 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A flood of negative ads on both sides damaged both men, but hurt Udall more, simply because he was the incumbent.
Because the flood of campaign dollars into the state will make Katrina look like a spring shower.
In an instant the torrent had caught them in its whirling eddies, and they were so many separate atoms borne along on the flood.The Ward of King Canute|Ottilie A. Liljencrantz
A few years ago its signboard modestly chronicled the fact that it had been Rebuilt after the Flood.Old Country Inns of England|Henry P. Maskell
Like a great wave coming to its flood, the armed host of the Confederacy was moving to break at Gettysburg and recede.Charles Carleton Coffin|William Elliot Griffis, D. D.
Disaster by tornado is not so easy to avoid as disaster by flood.
The high tension of our first confrontation was giving place to a flood of emotional impulse.The Passionate Friends|Herbert George Wells
- 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
- the rising of the tide from low to high water
- (as modifier)the flood tide Compare ebb (def. 3)
- to bleed profusely from the uterus, as following childbirth
- to have an abnormally heavy flow of blood during a menstrual period
Word Origin for flood
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.
1660s, from flood (n.). Related: Flooded; flooding.