• WordNet 3.6
    • n inundation the rising of a body of water and its overflowing onto normally dry land "plains fertilized by annual inundations"
    • n inundation an overwhelming number or amount "a flood of requests","a torrent of abuse"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Inundation An overspreading of any kind; overflowing or superfluous abundance; a flood; a great influx; as, an inundation of tourists. "To stop the inundation of her tears."
    • Inundation The act of inundating, or the state of being inundated; an overflow; a flood; a rising and spreading of water over grounds. "With inundation wide the deluge reigns,
      Drowns the deep valleys, and o'erspreads the plains."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n inundation The act of inundating, or the state of being inundated; an overflow of water or other fluid; a flood; a rising and spreading of water over low grounds; hence, an overspreading of any kind; an overflow or superfluous abundance.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Inundation act of inundating: a flood: an overflowing
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  • 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.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. inundatio,: cf. F. inondation,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—inundāre, -ātumin, in, undāre, to rise in waves—unda, a wave.


In literature:

The principal labour of the month consisted in preparing for wheat the ground that the inundation had devastated.
"An Account of the English Colony in New South Wales, Vol. 2" by David Collins
To the Indians of this vast country the unwonted inundation of the whites was a revelation.
"The New North" by Agnes Deans Cameron
Some flats crossed by the party this day appeared to be subject to inundations.
"Three Expeditions into the Interior of Eastern Australia, Vol 1 (of 2)" by Thomas Mitchell
The waters of the inundation must have been confined by dykes, and made to flow where the cultivator needed them, at a very remote date.
"Early Israel and the Surrounding Nations" by Archibald Sayce
This Drance is the stream that produced the terrible inundation a few years since.
"A Residence in France" by J. Fenimore Cooper
Our automobile had been left at the Haycock Hotel; we went to get it, braving the inundation.
"The Matador of the Five Towns and Other Stories" by Arnold Bennett
Large tracts of the land are evidently subject to annual inundations.
"What I Saw in California" by Edwin Bryant
The Egyptian lotus garden had to be inundated to be a success.
"The Art Of The Moving Picture" by Vachel Lindsay
Cross a country subject to inundations.
"Three Expeditions into the Interior of Eastern Australia, Vol 2 (of 2)" by Thomas Mitchell
The later rains, finding the pools already full, run off to the rivers, and form the inundation.
"The Personal Life Of David Livingstone" by William Garden Blaikie

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:

Pharmacies in West coast states are being inundated with phone calls from people asking for potassium iodide , a drug commonly used to treat low-level radiation exposure (Fox12Oregon).
Residents of the Jefferson Parish town of Jean Lafitte , 25 miles south of New Orleans, hope a levee can be built soon after they were inundated by Hurricane Isaac and a string of earlier storms.
Thriller Rod Lott When "Mother Lode " hit theaters in 1982, I remember being inundated by TV ads promoting it.
When "Mother Lode " hit theaters in 1982, I remember being inundated by TV ads promoting it.
Will the bloated Mississippi River inundate scores of bridges and other infrastructure in the South as the flood crest snakes its way toward the delta region.
Fukushima Event Will Not Happen In Ft. OPPD Dispels Nuclear Meltdown Rumors In Ft. Nebraska Gov Dave Heineman toured the flooded Missouri River this week and saw the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Plant, seemingly inundated by water.
We've been inundated with economy-speak over the past few years.
When the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded April 20, 2010, residents feared that their Gulf of Mexico shores would be inundated with oil.
And then those of us who cover the team locally will get inundated with questions about whether the Orioles will land that player.
We've been inundated with pop-up restaurants, bars, and galleries.
Widespread outages as superstorm leaves 16 dead, coastal regions inundated.
Adidas premiered the new, supposedly 'cutesy' sneakers on Facebook and was inundated with many complaints from people who thought the sneakers looked like the shackles slaves were once forced to wear in the 19th Century.
Snail Mail My Email, a site that offers to handwrite your emails on paper (and then send them via snail mail to their intended recipients) is on hiatus after being inundated with requests for the free service.
If Americans judged the quality of hospital care the way Newsweek judges high schools, we would soon be inundated with "charter hospitals" that only treat healthy patients.
As the education reporter, I have been inundated with over the last week or so with press releases and invitations for end of school year award ceremonies.

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