inundate

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v inundate fill or cover completely, usually with water
    • v inundate fill quickly beyond capacity; as with a liquid "the basement was inundated after the storm","The images flooded his mind"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Inundate To cover with a flood; to overflow; to deluge; to flood; as, the river inundated the town.
    • Inundate To fill with an overflowing abundance or superfluity; as, the country was inundated with bills of credit.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • inundate To overspread with or as if with a flood; overflow; flood; deluge.
    • inundate Hence To gorge with excessive circulation or abundance; fill inordinately; overspread; overwhelm.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Inundate in-un′dāt or in′- to flow upon or over in waves (said of water): to flood: to fill with an overflowing abundance
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Quotations

  • Saadi
    Saadi
    “A little and a little, collected together, becomes a great deal; the heap in the barn consists of single grains, and drop and drop make the inundation.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. inundatus, p. p. of inundare, to inundate; pref. in-, in + undare, to rise in waves, to overflow, fr. unda, a wave. See Undulate
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—inundāre, -ātumin, in, undāre, to rise in waves—unda, a wave.

Usage

In literature:

Those are the marks of the last inundation.
"Atlantida" by Pierre Benoit
Swift poured the flood, widespread the inundation of anti-slavery publications.
"William Lloyd Garrison" by Archibald H. Grimke
The great German and Irish inundations are dealt with in volumes VI and VII.
"Our Foreigners" by Samuel P. Orth
Long before this, the 'Sunbeam' had been inundated with visitors from the shore.
"A Voyage in the 'Sunbeam'" by Annie Allnut Brassey
Unhappy island, with how many carcases do I behold thee covered, and what rivers of blood are making inundations on all sides of thee!
"The Works of John Dryden, Volume XVI. (of 18)" by John Dryden
Then all bowed their heads under a shower of oil mingled with blood with which the Consecrator inundated them.
"The Cathedral" by Joris-Karl Huysmans
Many parts of the ground were excessively low, and very probably inundated during the rains.
"Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and TheNeighbouring Countries" by William Griffith
Rice being an aquatic plant, is best grown in low moist lands, that are easily inundated.
"The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom" by P. L. Simmonds
But her tricks triumphed over force, and the city continued to be periodically devastated by inundations.
"Myths and Legends of China" by E. T. C. Werner
Towards the close of the fourth century, another of these appalling waves of barbaric inundation rolled over northern Europe.
"The Empire of Russia" by John S. C. Abbott
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In poetry:

Thebes, and all the Misric nation,
Float upon the inundation;
Each man shouts and laughs, before
Landing at his own house door.
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
If from the flood the giants cou'd not run,
Nor from the wat'ry vengeance erst retire:
How can the present pigmy race e'er shun
The inundation of o'erwhelming fire?
"Stanza's Concerning Some Persons And Things, That Are Mentioned In The Holy Scriptures" by Rees Prichard
Whilst 'tis the time of grace, construct thine ark,
Ere yet the deluge covers all the strand:
It is by much too late to build a bark,
When th' inundation overwhelms the land.
"Stanza's Concerning Some Persons And Things, That Are Mentioned In The Holy Scriptures" by Rees Prichard
A burst of mellow lunar radiance
Inundates and illuminates the scene;
The waxing moon, in her meridian full,
Her beam vicarious disseminates,
And shining, hides with her superior light,
The twinkling beauty of the firmament!
"Grandeur." by Alfred Castner King

In news:

With elections around the corner we are all being inundated with advertisements from both ends of the political spectrum.
The subways leading to Brooklyn are all inundated with water and floating debris.
When I first heard of Pho-89, I was inclined to think that we had become so inundated with pho restaurants that people had resorted to simply numbering them.
The beach at Gloucester Point is inundated at high tide about 10 am on Monday, October 29, 2012, during Hurricane Sandy.
The National Football League on Tuesday was inundated with pleas to settle with the officials' union, whose members had been locked out by the league since the start of the 2012 season over pension issues.
Record rainfall inundates central Gulf coast .
Every time December rolls around our televisions are inundated with classic animated Christmas specials.
The city has nearly 70,000 residents living in tsunami inundation zones, with beach crowds of up to 100,000 on busy days.
WATERBURY, Vermont — The Waterbury Police Department is getting help from the Vermont Sheriff's Association to continue its recovery after flooding from Tropical Storm Irene inundated its downtown headquarters.
Cars inundated with water as ' king tides' hit Southern Marin.
As social media and 24-hour news inundate us with unending streams of information, maybe you could use an outlet for some of the more useless knowledge you've absorbed.
CHARLESTON — State Police say they're being inundated with calls from drivers trying to travel a section of Interstate 77 that was burned up following a gas line explosion, but those calls need to go to the Division of Highways.
My crystal ball says the next pet-related topic to inundate the media will be pet insurance.
When I first heard of Pho -89, I was inclined to think that we had become so inundated with pho restaurants that people had resorted to simply numbering them.
Their home was inundated with more than five feet of water during the flooding in September 2011 and they lost everything.
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In science:

Musharraf ’s absence, the Defense Minister had been sacked and replaced by General Zia Addin. Large numbers of messages from various sources started to inundate the newswire: about the army’ s occupation of the capital, the Prime Minister ’ s ouster and his subsequent placement under house arrest, Gen.
Centroid-based summarization of multiple documents: sentence extraction, utility-based evaluation, and user studies
Conference audiences are then inundated with the resulting exclusion plots.
Quaero: Motivation, Summary, Status
A time R/c after the explosion, this torus will be inundated by the burst proper, and a few seconds later (δt ≈ R/γ 2c = 30 s, where γ = 100 is the shell bulk Lorenz factor), it will be hit by the ejecta shell.
On the anomalous X-ray afterglows of GRB 970508 and GRB 970828
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