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 Dictionary entry overview: What does inundation mean? 

  The noun INUNDATION has 2 senses:

1. the rising of a body of water and its overflowing onto normally dry land
2. an overwhelming number or amount

  Familiarity information: INUNDATION used as a noun is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1inundation [BACK TO TOP]


The rising of a body of water and its overflowing onto normally dry land

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural phenomena


flood; inundation; alluvion; deluge

Context example:

plains fertilized by annual inundations

Hypernyms ("inundation" is a kind of...):

geological phenomenon (a natural phenomenon involving the structure or composition of the earth)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "inundation"):

debacle (flooding caused by a tumultuous breakup of ice in a river during the spring or summer)

flash flood; flashflood (a sudden local flood of great volume and short duration)

Noachian deluge; Noah and the Flood; Noah's flood; the Flood ((Biblical) the great deluge that is said in the Book of Genesis to have occurred in the time of Noah; it was brought by God upon the earth because of the wickedness of human beings)

Sense 2inundation [BACK TO TOP]


An overwhelming number or amount

Classified under:

Nouns denoting quantities and units of measure


deluge; flood; inundation; torrent

Context examples:

a flood of requests / a torrent of abuse

Hypernyms ("inundation" is a kind of...):

batch; deal; flock; good deal; great deal; hatful; heap; lot; mass; mess; mickle; mint; muckle; peck; pile; plenty; pot; quite a little; raft; sight; slew; spate; stack; tidy sum; wad; whole lot; whole slew ((often followed by 'of') a large number or amount or extent)

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