transcription, транскрипция: [ flʌd ]
( floods, flooding, flooded)
Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.
If there is a flood , a large amount of water covers an area which is usually dry, for example when a river flows over its banks or a pipe bursts.
More than 70 people were killed in the floods, caused when a dam burst...
This is the type of flood dreaded by cavers...
Over 25 people drowned when a schoolbus tried to cross a river and flood waters swept through.
If something such as a river or a burst pipe floods an area that is usually dry or if the area floods , it becomes covered with water.
The Chicago River flooded the city’s underground tunnel system...
The kitchen flooded.
VERB : V n , V
People have been mobilised to build defences and drain flooded land as heavy rains continue to fall.
If a river floods , it overflows, especially after very heavy rain.
...the relentless rain that caused twenty rivers to flood...
Many streams have flooded their banks, making some roads impassable.
VERB : V , V n
If you say that a flood of people or things arrive somewhere, you are emphasizing that a very large number of them arrive there.
The administration is trying to stem the flood of refugees out of Haiti and into Florida...
He received a flood of letters from irate constituents.
= tide, torrent
N-COUNT : usu N of n [ emphasis ]
If you say that people or things flood into a place, you are emphasizing that they arrive there in large numbers.
Enquiries flooded in from all over the world.
...the refugees flooding out of Kosovo.
VERB : V prep / adv , V prep / adv [ emphasis ]
If you flood a place with a particular type of thing, or if a particular type of thing floods a place, the place becomes full of so many of them that it cannot hold or deal with any more.
...a policy aimed at flooding Europe with exports...
German cameras at knock-down prices flooded the British market.
VERB : V n with n , V n
...the danger of Europe becoming flooded with low-cost agricultural imports.
If an emotion, feeling, or thought floods you, you suddenly feel it very intensely. If feelings or memories flood back , you suddenly remember them very clearly. ( LITERARY )
A wave of happiness flooded me...
Mary Ann was flooded with relief ...
It was probably the shock which had brought all the memories flooding back.
VERB : V n , be V-ed with n , V adv
If light floods a place or floods into it, it suddenly fills it.
The afternoon light flooded the little rooms...
Morning sunshine flooded in through the open curtains.
VERB : V n , V prep / adv
see also flash flood
If you say that someone was in floods of tears or in a flood of tears , you are emphasizing that they were crying with great intensity because they were very upset.
They said goodbye in a flood of tears.
PHRASE : flood inflects , usu in PHR [ emphasis ]