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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.
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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