flood Definition

  • 1an overflow of water that submerges land which is usually dry
  • 2a large amount of something that comes suddenly or unexpectedly

Using flood: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "flood" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The flood destroyed many homes and businesses.

  • Example

    The city was hit by a flood after heavy rain.

  • Example

    A flood of emails flooded my inbox after the announcement.

  • Example

    The company experienced a flood of orders after the product launch.

flood Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for flood

Idioms Using flood

  • to try to stop or control a large number of things that are happening very quickly


    The police tried to hold back the flood of protesters.

  • flood of memories

    a sudden and intense recollection of past events or experiences


    Seeing her childhood home again brought a flood of memories back to her.

  • to release a large quantity of a product onto the market, causing prices to drop


    The company flooded the market with cheap products, driving many competitors out of business.

Phrases with flood

  • a sudden and violent flood caused by heavy rain


    The road was closed due to a flash flood.

  • a sudden and uncontrollable flow of tears, often caused by strong emotions


    She burst into a flood of tears when she heard the news.

  • the incoming or rising tide


    The fishermen went out to sea during the flood tide.

Origins of flood

from Old English 'flōd', related to German 'Flut'


Summary: flood in Brief

The term 'flood' [flʌd] refers to an overflow of water that submerges land or a large amount of something that comes suddenly. It can be caused by heavy rain or a sudden influx of something. Examples include 'The flood destroyed many homes and businesses,' and 'A flood of emails flooded my inbox.' Phrases like 'flash flood' and idioms like 'hold back the flood' add nuance to the term.

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