- 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
- Italian: marea <ref name=oxf-par /> , alluvione
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
- 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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