waterflood

[ waw-ter-fluhd, wot-er- ]
/ ˈwɔ tərˌflʌd, ˈwɒt ər- /

noun

(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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