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English noun: flood

1. flood (phenomenon) the rising of a body of water and its overflowing onto normally dry land

SamplesPlains fertilized by annual inundations.

Synonymsalluvion, deluge, inundation

Broader (hypernym)geological phenomenon

Narrower (hyponym)debacle, flash flood, flashflood, Noachian deluge, Noah and the Flood, Noah's flood, the Flood

2. flood (quantity) an overwhelming number or amount

SamplesA flood of requests.
A torrent of abuse.

Synonymsdeluge, inundation, torrent

Broader (hypernym)batch, deal, flock, good deal, great deal, hatful, heap, lot, mass, mess, mickle, mint, mountain, muckle, passel, peck, pile, plenty, pot, quite a little, raft, sight, slew, spate, stack, tidy sum, wad

3. flood (artifact) light that is a source of artificial illumination having a broad beam; used in photography

Synonymsflood lamp, floodlight, photoflood

Broader (hypernym)light, light source

Part meronymphotographic equipment

4. flood (act) a large flow

Synonymsoutpouring, overflow

Broader (hypernym)flow, stream

Narrower (hyponym)effusion

5. flood (act) the act of flooding; filling to overflowing


Broader (hypernym)filling

6. flood (event) the occurrence of incoming water (between a low tide and the following high tide)

SamplesA tide in the affairs of men which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune.

Synonymsflood tide, rising tide

Broader (hypernym)tide


English verb: flood

1. flood (contact) fill quickly beyond capacity; as with a liquid

SamplesThe basement was inundated after the storm.
The images flooded his mind.

Synonymsdeluge, inundate, swamp

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something with something

Broader (hypernym)fill, fill up, make full

2. flood (change) cover with liquid, usually water

SamplesThe swollen river flooded the village.
The broken vein had flooded blood in her eyes.

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)cover, spread over

Narrower (hyponym)deluge, drench, flow, inundate, submerge, swamp

3. flood (possession) supply with an excess of

SamplesFlood the market with tennis shoes.
Glut the country with cheap imports from the Orient.

Synonymsglut, oversupply

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody with something

Broader (hypernym)furnish, provide, render, supply

4. flood (change) become filled to overflowing

SamplesOur basement flooded during the heavy rains.

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)fill, fill up

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