[ fluhd-waw-ter, -wot-er ]


  1. the water that overflows as the result of a flood.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of floodwater1

First recorded in 1785–95; flood + water

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Example Sentences

She first felt it 16 years ago working to evacuate patients during Hurricane Katrina, when floodwaters swallowed New Orleans and rushed into Tulane Hospital, where she worked at the time.

Saving lives from floodwaters means taking steps in the hours, days and weeks before an event.

In Tennessee, families described waking in the middle of the night to the sound of floodwaters surging into their homes.

News reports in the immediate wake of the disaster suggested that the floodwaters were caused by the sudden overflow of a glacial lake high up in the mountain, an event called a glacial lake outburst flood.

That the United States is seeing as many or more deaths per day from the coronavirus as it did during the deadliest period last spring is no more surprising than a tsunami’s floodwaters because, like the tsunami, we could see it coming.

Floodwater in outlying areas may reach six feet, the major general said.

Everyone we met, wading through filthy floodwater, was thirsty; some were injured; most were homeless.

The coffee was brown as floodwater silt, heavy with sugar, and very hot; and the cups had no handles.

No death for months, except by accidental drowning in floodwater.

The Seneca reservoir as proposed in 1963 provided floodwater storage calculated to reduce metropolitan damages by 46 percent.





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