Meaning of FLOOD in English


Pronunciation: ' fl ə d

Function: noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English fl ō d; akin to Old High German fluot flood, Old English fl ō wan to flow

Date: before 12th century

1 a : a rising and overflowing of a body of water especially onto normally dry land also : a condition of overflowing <rivers in flood > b capitalized : a flood described in the Bible as covering the earth in the time of Noah

2 : the flowing in of the tide

3 : an overwhelming quantity or volume also : a state of abundant flow or volume ― often used in the phrase in full flood <a debate in full flood >


Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.