• WordNet 3.6
    • v deluge fill or cover completely, usually with water
    • v deluge charge someone with too many tasks
    • v deluge fill quickly beyond capacity; as with a liquid "the basement was inundated after the storm","The images flooded his mind"
    • n deluge the rising of a body of water and its overflowing onto normally dry land "plains fertilized by annual inundations"
    • n deluge a heavy rain
    • n deluge an overwhelming number or amount "a flood of requests","a torrent of abuse"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Deluge A washing away; an overflowing of the land by water; an inundation; a flood; specifically, The Deluge, the great flood in the days of Noah (Gen. vii.).
    • Deluge Fig.: Anything which overwhelms, or causes great destruction. "The deluge of summer.""A fiery deluge fed
      With ever-burning sulphur unconsumed."
      "As I grub up some quaint old fragment of a [London] street, or a house, or a shop, or tomb or burial ground, which has still survived in the deluge .""After me the deluge .Aprés moi le déluge"
    • Deluge To overflow with water; to inundate; to overwhelm. "The deluged earth would useless grow."
    • Deluge To overwhelm, as with a deluge; to cover; to overspread; to overpower; to submerge; to destroy; as, the northern nations deluged the Roman empire with their armies; the land is deluged with woe. "At length corruption, like a general flood . . . Shall deluge all."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n deluge Any overflowing of water; an inundation; a flood; specifically, the great flood or overflowing of the earth (called the universal deluge) which, according to the account in Genesis, occurred in the days of Noah, or any of the similar floods found in the traditions of most ancient peoples, accompanied by a nearly total destruction of life. See flood.
    • n deluge Anything analogous to an inundation; anything that overwhelms or floods.
    • deluge To pour over in a deluge; overwhelm with a flood; overflow; inundate; drown.
    • deluge To overrun like a flood; pour over in overwhelming numbers: as, the northern nations deluged the Roman empire with their armies.
    • deluge To overwhelm; cause to sink under the weight of a general or spreading calamity.
    • deluge To suffer a deluge; be deluged.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Deluge del′ūj a great overflow of water: a flood: esp. that in the days of Noah
    • v.t Deluge to inundate: to overwhelm as with water
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  • Horace Mann
    “Education is our only political safety. Outside of this ark all is deluge.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. déluge, L. diluvium, fr. diluere, wash away; di-, = dis-, + luere, equiv. to lavare, to wash. See Lave, and cf. Diluvium


In literature:

We slept interlocked, face against face, hands crossed, in a deluge of water and mud.
"Letters of a Soldier" by Anonymous
It was under him that the great deluge took place.
"History Of Egypt, Chaldæa, Syria, Babylonia, and Assyria, Volume 3 (of 12)" by G. Maspero
Ah, too much raised; it is a deluge streaming over you and nearly choking you.
"Adventures in New Guinea" by James Chalmers
Shem, who saw Lamech, who saw Adam, saw also Jacob, who saw those who saw Moses; therefore the deluge and the creation are true.
"Pascal's Pensées" by Blaise Pascal
Force wins a footing, and, the foremost slain, In, like a deluge, pours the Danaan train.
"The Aeneid of Virgil" by Virgil
I feel that I am very peculiarly influenced, as all creatures are on land when a deluge is about to take place.
"A Journey to the Centre of the Earth" by Jules Verne
Thou only, aged mountain, dost remain, Stern monument amidst the deluged plain!
"The Poetical Works of William Lisle Bowles, Vol. 1" by William Lisle Bowles
I could gather no information respecting their religious opinions, except that they have a tradition of the deluge.
"Narrative of a Journey to the Shores of the Polar Sea, in the Years 1819-20-21-22, Volume 1" by John Franklin
Thousands upon thousands of the Martians still remained here to become the victims of the deluge.
"Edison's Conquest of Mars" by Garrett Putman Serviss
I have deluged the Post-office with letters, but I doubt if they ever get any farther.
"Diary of the Besieged Resident in Paris" by Henry Labouchère

In poetry:

Then fell the steady deluge
In which I strove to doze,
Hearing all night at my window
The knock of the winter rose.
"A Roar Through The Tall Twin Elm-Trees" by George Meredith
All the mystery of Being
Hath upon thy spirit pressed,--
Thoughts which, like the Deluge wanderer,
Find no place of rest:
"To ------," by John Greenleaf Whittier
While yet as an ark she drifted
On the Earth's barbarion flood,
And the wreck of the Arts uplifted
From the deluge of human blood;
"The Painter Of Florence" by Ernest Jones
They deluge my heart like the rain
On cursed Gomorrah's howling plain
Yet when I hear thy foes deride
I must cling closely to thy side
"Far, Far Away Is Mirth Withdrawn" by Emily Jane Bronte
The plague at once will run thee o'er,
Just as the deluge did of yore
The world, or as the fire that came
And set Gomorrah in a flame.
"A Warning To The Welsh, To Repent, Wrote At The Time A Great Plague Rag'd In London" by Rees Prichard
All day I am with grief opprest,
And all night long I cannot rest,
So much my woes and tears abound,
My couch is with the deluge drown'd.
"Psalm XXXVIII." by Rees Prichard

In news:

Fans deluge Crowe with messages of support after cancer shock.
Bride concerned that shower threatens to become deluge .
Postal bill amendment seeks to cut backlog ahead of USPS retirement ' deluge '.
MipTV kicks off with a deluge of deals.
Managing a Deluge of Sequencing Data.
Voters in GOP primaries have been the first to experience a coming deluge of TV advertising nationwide from so-called super PACs in the 2012 presidential election.
Stock Futures Drift Ahead of ISM-led Data Deluge.
With the presidential campaign under way about six months earlier than usual, it would have been nice if the press could have delayed the inevitable deluge of inanity that the season brings.
FAIRBANKS — It's the election season, ripe with hyperbole, dissembling, and with it the deluge of ugly, misleading information.
For these new activists, the deluge of beads is emblematic of regional attitudes about the environment that they wish to change.
A look at the direct mail deluge in Iowa.
Ardmore residents are reeling from the deluge of rain.
Hill on the deluge of correspondence she received after testifying in 1991: "I remember being told that Western Union had crashed," she laughed.
If the US Supreme Court ends the legal challenge to California's ban on same-sex marriage, San Francisco city officials want to be prepared for a deluge of attention and couples ready to tie the knot.
Pakistan Still Grappling with Flooding Fallout Months After Deluge.

In science:

The issue is more pressing with the recent data deluge and high resolution sensing where non-stationarity can be clearly visible.
Local likelihood estimation of local parameters for nonstationary random fields
These emerging networks face numerous challenges and the threat of a “data deluge” is an important one.
Energy-Latency Tradeoff for In-Network Function Computation in Random Networks
As we are all aware, many scientific fields are also dealing with a data deluge which is often approached by different disciplines in different ways. A recent issue of Science Magazine3 has discussed this in some detail (e.g.
Proceedings of the 2011 New York Workshop on Computer, Earth and Space Science
Hey Tony, “The Data Deluge: An e-Science Perspective” UK e-science Core Programme, pp. 1-17.
An Approach to Log Management: Prototyping a Design of Agent for Log Harvesting
Swinbank, “Responding to the event deluge,” in Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes and System IV, A. B.
Connecting the time domain community with the Virtual Astronomical Observatory