Meaning of FLOOD in English

I. ˈfləd noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English flōd; akin to Old High German fluot flood, Old English flōwan to flow

Date: before 12th century


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

4. : floodlight

II. verb

Date: 1663

transitive verb

1. : to cover with a flood : inundate


a. : to fill abundantly or excessively

flood the market

b. : to supply an excess of fuel to (as an engine or its carburetor) so that engine operation is hampered

intransitive verb

1. : to pour forth, go, or come in a flood

2. : to become filled with a flood

• flood·er noun

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.