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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Flood n.
 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.
 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.