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Topic: NATURE

Language: Old English
Origin: flod

flood

2 noun
     
flood2 S3
1 [uncountable and countable]DN a very large amount of water that covers an area that is usually dry:
The village was cut off by floods.
the worst floods for over fifty years
2 [countable] a very large number of things or people that arrive at the same time
flood of
The UN appealed for help with the flood of refugees crossing the border.
3

in floods of tears

crying a lot:
She came downstairs in floods of tears.
4

in flood

DN a river that is in flood has much more water in it than usual

➔ flash flood

at flash3 (1)
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