July 28, 2014 - Word of the Day: flood
When water levels increase due to natural or unnatural causes, use the word "flood" to describe the situation. Floods are caused when there's too much rain or a large containment of water breaks.
A large storm caused flooding.
There aren't too many places in the world that don't have a flood occur at one time or another. This is what the word looks like when it's used as a noun:
- A large flood wiped out several areas of the city.
- Many people were affected by the flood.
- A flood forced people from their homes.
- Flooding is a problem during and after a storm. ("Flooding" in this sentence is a gerund and it acts as the subject.)
- Flooding and high winds are causing power outages.
You can use "flood" as a verb, but sometimes this word has nothing to do with water. Instead, it describes a large, sudden increase of activity:
- My inbox is flooded with junk mail.
- The police department was flooded with phone calls during the emergency.
- Football fans flooded onto the field after their team won the game.
- Heavy rains flooded the streets of the city.
- Our basement was flooded with several inches of water after a week of rain.
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