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1 an overwhelming number or amount; "a flood of requests"; "a torrent of abuse" [syn: flood, inundation, torrent]
2 a heavy rain [syn: downpour, cloudburst, waterspout, torrent, pelter, soaker]
3 the rising of a body of water and its overflowing onto normally dry land; "plains fertilized by annual inundations" [syn: flood, inundation, alluvion]


1 fill quickly beyond capacity; as with a liquid; "the basement was inundated after the storm"; "The images flooded his mind" [syn: flood, inundate, swamp]
2 charge someone with too many tasks [syn: overwhelm, flood out]
3 fill or cover completely, usually with water [syn: inundate, submerge]

User Contributed Dictionary



From déluge, alteration of earlier deluvie < diluvium, from lavo


  • /ˈdɛl.juːdʒ/, /"dEl.jU:dZ/


  1. A great flood or rain.
    The deluge continued for hours, drenching the land and slowing traffic to a halt.
  2. An overwhelming amount of something.
    The rock concert was a deluge of sound.
  3. The Deluge: The Biblical flood during the time of Noah.


A great flood
An overwhelming amount of something
The Deluge


  1. To flood with water.
  2. To overwhelm.
    After the announcement, they were deluged with requests for more information.


To flood with water
To overwhelm


  • 1996, T.F. Hoad, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Etymology, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0192830988

See also

Extensive Definition

A deluge is a large downpour of rain, or a flood.
deluge in Esperanto: Diluvo
deluge in Hungarian: Özönvíz
deluge in Polish: Potop (ujednoznacznienie)
deluge in Portuguese: Dilúvio
deluge in Russian: Потоп (значения)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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