Meaning of FLOOD in English

Flood, the BrE AmE

1 . a story told in the Old Testament of the Bible about a great flood that covered the whole world. According to the story, God caused the Flood because he was angry with the people on Earth and wanted to punish them. He made it rain for 40 days and 40 nights, and most of the people and animals on Earth were killed. Only one man, Noah, and his family were saved. God told Noah to build an ↑ ark (=a large boat) and to take two of every kind of animal on the ark with him. When the rain stopped and the water level began to go down, Noah sent out a ↑ dove to look for land, and the bird returned carrying an ↑ olive branch to show that the land was reappearing.

2 . before the Flood a very long time ago

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.