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[n] a large flow
[n] the act of flooding; filling to overflowing
[n] light that is a source of artificial illumination having a broad beam; used in photography
[n] the inward flow of the tide; "a tide in the affairs of men which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune" -Shakespeare
[n] the rising of a body of water and its overflowing onto normally dry land; "plains fertilized by annual inundations"1
[n] an overwhelming number or amount; "a flood of requests"; "a torrent of abuse"
[v] cover with liquid, usually water; "The swollen river flooded the village"; "The broken vein had flooded blood in her eyes"
[v] become filled to overflowing; "Our basement flooded during the heavy rains"
[v] fill quickly beyond capacity; as with a liquid; "the basement was inundated after the storm"; "The images flooded his mind"
[v] supply with an excess of; "flood the market with tennis shoes"; "Glut the country with cheap imports from the Orient"

Misc. Definitions

\Flood\, n. [OE. flod a flowing, stream, flood, AS. fl[=o]d; akin to D. vloed, OS. fl[=o]d, OHG. fluot, G. flut, Icel. fl[=o][eth], Sw. & Dan. flod, Goth. fl[=o]dus; from the root of E. flow. [root]80. See {Flow}, v. i.]
1. A great flow of water; a body of moving water; the flowing stream, as of a river; especially, a body of water, rising, swelling, and overflowing land not usually thus covered; a deluge; a freshet; an inundation. A covenant never to destroy The earth again by flood. --Milton.
2. The flowing in of the tide; the semidiurnal swell or rise of water in the ocean; -- opposed to ebb; as, young flood; high flood. There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. --Shak.
3. A great flow or stream of any fluid substance; as, a flood of light; a flood of lava; hence, a great quantity widely diffused; an overflowing; a superabundance; as, a flood of bank notes; a flood of paper currency.
4. Menstrual disharge; menses. --Harvey. {Flood anchor} (Naut.), the anchor by which a ship is held while the tide is rising. {Flood fence}, a fence so secured that it will not be swept away by a flood. {Flood gate}, a gate for shutting out, admitting, or releasing, a body of water; a tide gate. {Flood mark}, the mark or line to which the tide, or a flood, rises; high-water mark. {Flood tide}, the rising tide; -- opposed to {ebb tide}. {The Flood}, the deluge in the days of Noah.
\Flood\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Flooded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Flooding}.]
1. To overflow; to inundate; to deluge; as, the swollen river flooded the valley.
2. To cause or permit to be inundated; to fill or cover with water or other fluid; as, to flood arable land for irrigation; to fill to excess or to its full capacity; as, to flood a country with a depreciated currency.

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