flood /ˈfləd/ 不及物動詞
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.
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.
n 1: the rising of a body of water and its overflowing onto
normally dry land; "plains fertilized by annual
inundations" [syn: inundation, deluge, alluvion]
2: an overwhelming number or amount; "a flood of requests"; "a
torrent of abuse" [syn: inundation, deluge, torrent]
3: light that is a source of artificial illumination having a
broad beam; used in photography [syn: floodlight, flood
4: a large flow [syn: overflow, outpouring]
5: the act of flooding; filling to overflowing [syn: flowage]
6: the inward flow of the tide; "a tide in the affairs of men
which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune"
v 1: fill quickly beyond capacity; as with a liquid; "the
basement was inundated after the storm"; "The images
flooded his mind" [syn: deluge, inundate, swamp]
2: cover with liquid, usually water; "The swollen river flooded
the village"; "The broken vein had flooded blood in her
3: supply with an excess of; "flood the market with tennis
shoes"; "Glut the country with cheap imports from the
Orient" [syn: oversupply, glut]
4: become filled to overflowing; "Our basement flooded during
the heavy rains"
an event recorded in Gen. 7 and 8. (See DELUGE.) In
Josh. 24:2, 3, 14, 15, the word "flood" (R.V., "river") means
the river Euphrates. In Ps. 66:6, this word refers to the river