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flood



Pronunciation: (flud), [key]
n.
1. a great flowing or overflowing of water, esp. over land not usually submerged.
2. any great outpouring or stream: a flood of tears.
3. the Flood,the universal deluge recorded as having occurred in the days of Noah. Gen. 7.
4. the rise or flowing in of the tide (opposed to ebb).
5. a floodlight.
6. Archaic.a large body of water.

v.t.
1. to overflow in or cover with a flood; fill to overflowing: Don't flood the bathtub.
2. to cover or fill, as if with a flood: The road was flooded with cars.
3. to overwhelm with an abundance of something: to be flooded with mail.
4. Auto.to supply too much fuel to (the carburetor), so that the engine fails to start.
5. to floodlight.

v.i.
1. to flow or pour in or as if in a flood.
2. to rise in a flood; overflow.
3. Pathol.
a. to suffer uterine hemorrhage, esp. in connection with childbirth.
b. to have an excessive menstrual flow.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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