- noun a large amount of water over an area of land which is usually dry
- noun a large amount of something, e.g. tears or letters
- verb to cover something with water
- verb to become covered with water
- verb to come in large numbers
- noun a large amount of water covering land that is usually dry, caused by phenomena such as melting snow, heavy rain, high tides or storms
Cars & Driving
- verb to allow too much fuel to enter (the carburettor, the engine)
- verb to fill with a large quantity of something
Information & Library Science
- noun a large number of things or a large amount of information
- noun a lamp with a wide angle that spreads the beam of light broadly.
- noun an overflow of water or other liquid beyond its normal limits
- verb to cause a flood in an area
Origin & History of “flood”
Flood goes back to a prehistoric Germanic *flōthuz, which also produced German flut, Dutch vloed, and Swedish flod ‘flood’. It was derived ultimately from Indo-European *plō-, a variant of *pleu- ‘flow, float’ which also produced English fleet, float, fly, fledge, and fowl.