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Definition of flood noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] a large amount of water covering an area that is usually dry The heavy rain caused floods in many parts of the country. flood damage Police have issued flood warnings for Nevada. an appeal to help flood victims Cities along the Mississippi are researching various means of flood control. see also flash flood
  2. large number
  3. 2[countable] flood (of something) a very large number of things or people that appear at the same time a flood of complaints a flood of refugees My son came home in a flood of tears (= was crying a lot).
  4. in Bible
  5. 3the Flood [singular] the great flood that covered the world in the Bible story before the Flood (= a very long time ago)
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: flood