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flood    : [fl'ʌd]
Flood \Flood\ (fl[u^]d), 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.
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A covenant never to destroy
The earth again by flood. --Milton.
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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.
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There is a tide in the affairs of men,
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune.
--Shak.
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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.
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4. Menstrual disharge; menses. --Harvey.
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{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.
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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.
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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.
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flood
n 1: the rising of a body of water and its overflowing onto
normally dry land; "plains fertilized by annual
inundations" [synonym: {flood}, {inundation}, {deluge},
{alluvion}]
2: an overwhelming number or amount; "a flood of requests"; "a
torrent of abuse" [synonym: {flood}, {inundation}, {deluge},
{torrent}]
3: light that is a source of artificial illumination having a
broad beam; used in photography [synonym: {flood}, {floodlight},
{flood lamp}, {photoflood}]
4: a large flow [synonym: {flood}, {overflow}, {outpouring}]
5: the act of flooding; filling to overflowing [synonym: {flood},
{flowage}]
6: the occurrence of incoming water (between a low tide and the
following high tide); "a tide in the affairs of men which,
taken at the flood, leads on to fortune" -Shakespeare [synonym:
{flood tide}, {flood}, {rising tide}] [ant: {ebbtide}]
v 1: fill quickly beyond capacity; as with a liquid; "the
basement was inundated after the storm"; "The images
flooded his mind" [synonym: {deluge}, {flood}, {inundate},
{swamp}]
2: cover with liquid, usually water; "The swollen river flooded
the village"; "The broken vein had flooded blood in her eyes"
3: supply with an excess of; "flood the market with tennis
shoes"; "Glut the country with cheap imports from the Orient"
[synonym: {flood}, {oversupply}, {glut}]
4: become filled to overflowing; "Our basement flooded during
the heavy rains"

352 Moby Thesaurus words for "flood":
Niagara, abundance, access, accession, accretion, accrual,
accruement, accumulation, acres, addition, advance, affluence,
aggrandizement, alluvion, alluvium, ample sufficiency, ampleness,
amplification, amplitude, appreciation, arc, arc light, army,
ascent, augmentation, avalanche, bags, ballooning, barrels,
be prodigal with, bloating, bonanza, boom, boost, bountifulness,
bountiousness, brash, broadening, buildup, bumper crop,
burst of rain, bushel, cascade, cataclysm, cataract, choke,
cloudburst, cluster, cohue, color filter, copiousness,
countlessness, course, cover, crescendo, crowd, crush, current,
debacle, deluge, development, dimmer, dip, direct tide, downfall,
downflow, downpour, drencher, drift, drown, duck, dunk, ebb,
ebb and flow, ebb tide, edema, elevation, embarras de richesses,
engulf, engulfment, enlargement, enough, excess, expansion,
extension, extravagance, extravagancy, exuberance, fertility, fill,
float, floats, flock, flood the market, flood tide, flooding,
floodlight, flow, flow back, flow in, flow on, flow out, flush,
flux, flux and reflux, foison, footlights, foots, fresh, freshet,
full measure, full tide, fullness, gain, galaxy, gelatin,
generosity, generousness, glut, great abundance, great plenty,
greatening, growth, gush, gushing rain, heap, heavy rain,
high tide, high water, hike, horde, host, immerse, increase,
increment, inflation, inundate, inundation, issue, jam, jump,
klieg light, know no bounds, landslide, lavishness, leap, legion,
liberality, liberalness, light plot, lights, limelight, load, lots,
low tide, low water, lunar tide, luxuriance, luxuriate, make,
marquee, mass, maximum, medium, mob, money to burn,
more than enough, mountain, mounting, much, multiplication,
multitude, myriad, myriads, neap, neap tide, nimiety, numerousness,
ocean, oceans, opposite tide, opulence, opulency, outpouring,
overabound, overabundance, overaccumulation, overbounteousness,
overbrim, overcopiousness, overdose, overequip, overflow,
overflowing, overfurnish, overgrow, overlavish, overlavishness,
overluxuriance, overmeasure, overmuchness, overnumerousness,
overplentifulness, overplenty, overpopulation, overprofusion,
overprovender, overprovide, overprovision, overrun, overrunning,
oversell, overspill, overspread, overstock, oversufficiency,
oversupply, overswarm, overwhelm, panoply, peck, permeate, plash,
plenitude, plenteousness, plentifulness, plenty, plethora, pour,
pour on, pour out, pour over, press, prevalence, prodigality,
productiveness, profuseness, profusion, proliferation, pullulate,
quantities, quantity, rabble, rain, rainburst, rainspout,
rainstorm, raise, redundancy, refluence, reflux, regurgitate,
repleteness, repletion, rich harvest, rich vein, richness, riot,
riotousness, rip, riptide, rise, river, rout, ruck, run, run over,
run riot, rush, satiety, saturate, scads, scud, sea, set, shower,
slop, slosh, sluice, snowballing, soaker, soaking rain, solar tide,
spate, spill, spill out, spill over, spillage, spot, spotlight,
spout, spread, spring tide, stream, submerge, submersion,
substantiality, substantialness, superabound, superabundance,
superfluity, superflux, surfeit, surge, surge back, surplus, swamp,
swarm, sweep, swelling, teem, teemingness, thalassometer,
the Deluge, the Flood, throng, tidal amplitude, tidal current,
tidal current chart, tidal flow, tidal range, tidal wave, tide,
tide chart, tide gate, tide gauge, tide race, tide rip, tidewater,
tideway, tons, torrent, torrent of rain, trend, tumescence, up,
upping, upsurge, upswing, uptrend, upturn, volume, washout,
waterflood, waterspout, waxing, wealth, whelm, whelming, widening,
world, worlds

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)



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