- A (usually disastrous) overflow of water from a lake or other body of water due to excessive rainfall or other input of water.
- (figuratively) A large number or quantity of anything appearing more rapidly than can easily be dealt with.
- Dutch: overstroming , vloed
- French: inondation(fr)f
- German: Flut(de)f
- Italian: marea <ref name=oxf-par /> , alluvione
- Spanish: inundación(es)f
The floor was flooded with beer.
- To overflow.
- To cover or partly fill as if by a flood.
They flooded the room with sewage.
The station's switchboard was flooded with listeners making complaints.
- (figuratively) To provide (someone or something) with a larger number or quantity of something than can easily be dealt with.
- (context, internet, computing) To paste numerous lines of text in IRC, usually resulting in an automated kick or ban.
Etymology: flod, from Old English flod, flÅd, from common Germanic
- French: inonder(fr)
- German: í¼berschwemmen, í¼berfluten
- Italian: inondare, subissare <ref name=oxf-par />
flÅduz, from Proto-Indo-European
plÅ-tu-, derived from
pleu- "to flow". Near cognates include German Flut and Gothic (flÅdus).
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