Meaning of FLOOD in English

n. & v.


1. a an overflowing or influx of water beyond its normal confines, esp. over land; an inundation. b the water that overflows.

2 a an outpouring of water; a torrent (a flood of rain). b something resembling a torrent (a flood of tears; a flood of relief).

3 the inflow of the tide (also in comb. : flood-tide).

4 colloq. a floodlight.

5 (the Flood) the flood described in Genesis.

6 poet. a river; a stream; a sea.


1. tr. a cover with or overflow in a flood (rain flooded the cellar). b overflow as if with a flood (the market was flooded with foreign goods).

2 tr. irrigate (flooded the paddy fields).

3 tr. deluge (a burning house, a mine, etc.) with water.

4 intr. (often foll. by in, through) arrive in great quantities (complaints flooded in; fear flooded through them).

5 intr. become inundated (the bathroom flooded).

6 tr. overfill (a carburettor) with petrol.

7 intr. experience a uterine haemorrhage.

8 tr. (of rain etc.) fill (a river) to overflowing.

Phrases and idioms:

flood and field sea and land. flood out drive out (of one's home etc.) with a flood. flood-tide the periodical exceptional rise of the tide because of lunar or solar attraction.

Etymology: OE flod f. Gmc

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.