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  6  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Flood  \Flood\,  n.  [OE.  flod  a  flowing,  stream,  flood,  AS 
  fl[=o]d;  akin  to  D.  vloed  OS  fl[=o]d,  OHG.  fluot,  G.  flut, 
  Icel.  fl[=o][eth],  Sw  &  Dan.  flod,  Goth.  fl[=o]dus;  from  the 
  root  of  E.  flow.  [root]80.  See  {Flow},  v.  i.] 
  1.  A  great  flow  of  water;  a  body  of  moving  water;  the  flowing 
  stream,  as  of  a  river;  especially,  a  body  of  water, 
  rising,  swelling,  and  overflowing  land  not  usually  thus 
  covered;  a  deluge;  a  freshet;  an  inundation. 
 
  A  covenant  never  to  destroy  The  earth  again  by 
  flood.  --Milton. 
 
  2.  The  flowing  in  of  the  tide;  the  semidiurnal  swell  or  rise 
  of  water  in  the  ocean;  --  opposed  to  ebb;  as  young  flood; 
  high  flood. 
 
  There  is  a  tide  in  the  affairs  of  men,  Which  taken 
  at  the  flood,  leads  on  to  fortune.  --Shak. 
 
  3.  A  great  flow  or  stream  of  any  fluid  substance;  as  a  flood 
  of  light;  a  flood  of  lava;  hence  a  great  quantity  widely 
  diffused;  an  overflowing;  a  superabundance;  as  a  flood  of 
  bank  notes;  a  flood  of  paper  currency. 
 
  4.  Menstrual  disharge;  menses.  --Harvey. 
 
  {Flood  anchor}  (Naut.),  the  anchor  by  which  a  ship  is  held 
  while  the  tide  is  rising. 
 
  {Flood  fence},  a  fence  so  secured  that  it  will  not  be  swept 
  away  by  a  flood. 
 
  {Flood  gate},  a  gate  for  shutting  out  admitting,  or 
  releasing,  a  body  of  water;  a  tide  gate. 
 
  {Flood  mark},  the  mark  or  line  to  which  the  tide,  or  a  flood, 
  rises;  high-water  mark. 
 
  {Flood  tide},  the  rising  tide;  --  opposed  to  {ebb  tide}. 
 
  {The  Flood},  the  deluge  in  the  days  of  Noah. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Flood  \Flood\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Flooded};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Flooding}.] 
  1.  To  overflow;  to  inundate;  to  deluge;  as  the  swollen  river 
  flooded  the  valley. 
 
  2.  To  cause  or  permit  to  be  inundated;  to  fill  or  cover  with 
  water  or  other  fluid;  as  to  flood  arable  land  for 
  irrigation;  to  fill  to  excess  or  to  its  full  capacity;  as 
  to  flood  a  country  with  a  depreciated  currency. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  flood 
  adj  :  incoming;  "flood  tide";  "high  tide"  [syn:  {flood(a)},  {high}] 
  [ant:  {ebb(a)}] 
  n  1:  the  rising  of  a  body  of  water  and  its  overflowing  onto 
  normally  dry  land  [syn:  {inundation},  {deluge}] 
  2:  an  overwhelming  number  or  amount;  "a  flood  of  requests";  "a 
  torrent  of  abuse"  [syn:  {deluge},  {torrent}] 
  3:  a  source  of  artificial  illumination  having  a  broad  beam; 
  used  in  photography  [syn:  {floodlight},  {flood  lamp},  {photoflood}] 
  4:  a  large  flow  [syn:  {overflow},  {outpouring}] 
  5:  the  act  of  flooding;  filling  to  overflowing 
  6:  the  inward  flow  of  the  tide;  "a  tide  in  the  affairs  of  men 
  which  taken  at  the  flood,  leads  on  to  fortune" 
  -Shakespeare 
  v  1:  fill  quickly  beyond  capacity;  as  with  a  liquid;  "the 
  basement  was  inundated  after  the  storm";  "The  images 
  flooded  his  mind"  [syn:  {deluge},  {inundate},  {swamp}] 
  2:  cover  with  liquid,  usually  water;  "The  swollen  river  flooded 
  the  village";  "The  broken  vein  had  flooded  blood  in  her 
  eyes" 
  3:  fill  beyond  capacity;  "The  water  flooded  the  fields"  [syn:  {deluge}, 
  {inundate}] 
  4:  supply  with  an  excess  of  "flood  the  market  with  tennis 
  shoes"  [syn:  {oversupply}] 
  5:  become  filled  to  overflowing;  "Our  basement  flooded  during 
  the  heavy  rains" 
 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
 
  flood  v.  [common]  1.  To  overwhelm  a  network  channel  with 
  mechanically-generated  traffic;  especially  used  of  IP  TCP/IP,  UDP,  or 
  ICMP  denial-of-service  attacks.  2.  To  dump  large  amounts  of  text  onto  an 
  {IRC}  channel.  This  is  especially  rude  when  the  text  is  uninteresting 
  and  the  other  users  are  trying  to  carry  on  a  serious  conversation. 
  Also  used  in  a  similar  sense  on  Usenet.  3.  [Usenet]  To  post  an  unusually 
  large  number  or  volume  of  files  on  a  related  topic. 
 
 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  flood 
 
    On  a  real-time  network  (whether  at  the  level  of 
  {TCP/IP},  or  at  the  level  of  say  {IRC}),  to  send  a  huge 
  amount  of  data  to  another  user  (or  a  group  of  users,  in  a 
  channel)  in  an  attempt  to  annoy  him  lock  his  terminal,  or  to 
  overflow  his  network  buffer  and  thus  lose  his  network 
  connection. 
 
  The  basic  principles  of  flooding  are  that  you  should  have 
  better  network  {bandwidth}  than  the  person  you're  trying  to 
  flood,  and  that  what  you  do  to  flood  them  (e.g.,  generate  ping 
  requests)  should  be  *less*  resource-expensive  for  your  machine 
  to  produce  than  for  the  victim's  machine  to  deal  with  There 
  is  also  the  corrolary  that  you  should  avoid  being  caught. 
 
  Failure  to  follow  these  principles  regularly  produces 
  hilarious  results,  e.g.,  an  IRC  user  flooding  himself  off  the 
  network  while  his  intended  victim  is  unharmed,  the  attacker's 
  flood  attempt  being  detected,  and  him  being  banned  from  the 
  network  in  semi-perpetuity. 
 
  See  also  {pingflood},  {clonebot}  and  {botwar}. 
 
  [{Jargon  File}] 
 
  (1997-04-07) 
 
 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Flood 
  an  event  recorded  in  Gen.  7  and  8.  (See  {DELUGE}.)  In 
  Josh.  24:2,  3,  14,  15,  the  word  flood"  (R.V.,  "river")  means 
  the  river  Euphrates.  In  Ps  66:6,  this  word  refers  to  the  river 
  Jordan. 
 




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