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(1)   A large flow
(2)   The act of flooding; filling to overflowing
(3)   Light that is a source of artificial illumination having a broad beam; used in photography
(4)   The occurrence of incoming water (between a low tide and the following high tide)
"A tide in the affairs of men which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune" -Shakespeare
(5)   The rising of a body of water and its overflowing onto normally dry land
"Plains fertilized by annual inundations"
(6)   An overwhelming number or amount
"A flood of requests"
"A torrent of abuse"


(7)   Cover with liquid, usually water
"The swollen river flooded the village"
"The broken vein had flooded blood in her eyes"
(8)   Become filled to overflowing
"Our basement flooded during the heavy rains"
(9)   Fill quickly beyond capacity; as with a liquid
"The basement was inundated after the storm"
"The images flooded his mind"
(10)   Supply with an excess of
"Flood the market with tennis shoes"
"Glut the country with cheap imports from the Orient"


flod, from Old English flōd, from common Germanic *flōduz, from Proto-Indo-European *plō-tu-, derived from *pleu- "to flow". Near cognates include German Flut and Gothic (flōdus).


  1. A (usually disastrous) overflow of water from a lake or other body of water due to excessive rainfall or other input of water.
  2. A large number or quantity of anything appearing more rapidly than can easily be dealt with.


  1. To overflow.
  2. To cover or partly fill as if by a flood.
    The floor was flooded with beer.
    They flooded the room with sewage.
  3. To provide (someone or something) with a larger number or quantity of something than can easily be dealt with.
    The station's switchboard was flooded with listeners making complaints.
  4. To paste numerous lines of text to a chat system in order to disrupt the conversation.