Definition of inundation in English:

inundation

noun

  • 1An overwhelming abundance of people or things.

    ‘an inundation of rugby fans’
    • ‘She recalls the inundation of the red-eyed bugs during their last appearance.’
    • ‘Is it the overwhelming inundation of releases?’
    • ‘For consumers, the inundation of imports has not reduced tortilla prices, which increased 350 percent between 1994 and 1998.’
    • ‘Worst of all was the inundation of mosquitoes and ants.’
    • ‘Part of it was due to the drying up of local film production, muscled out of business by the inundation of Hollywood movies.’
    • ‘Although far from isolated, it has generally avoided tourist inundation and retains a rich cultural identity.’
    • ‘In his recent introduction to a book on the photographers, he termed our current inundation with electronic media as a "moronic inferno."’
    • ‘For some reason, it doesn't seems to suffer from the same inundation of spam that the other site does.’
    • ‘It's probably because of all the usual inundation of news reports on flu this season as well as mention of illness in several people's blogs.’
    flood, overflow, deluge, torrent, influx
    onslaught, outpouring, flood, deluge, hail, avalanche, flow, barrage, battery, effusion
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  • 2Flooding.

    ‘the annual inundation of the Nile’
    mass noun ‘areas were at risk of inundation’
    • ‘Some maps also included information about how fast the flow of water might be over land or how long the inundation might last.’
    • ‘A former church, which stood on the same site, was washed down by an inundation in 1271.’
    • ‘In coastal regions sea level rise will lead to more coastal inundation.’
    • ‘The inundation at two spots on the Tangerang toll road this past week has been a major source of frustration.’
    • ‘He was appealed to at times of famine caused by low inundation of the Nile.’
    • ‘Following persistent inundation, forests may be destroyed in a relatively short period of time.’
    • ‘The annual inundation of the Nile increased the likelihood of waterborne infections.’
    • ‘Not only will you have the greatest depth and the slackest flow but also you won't be in danger of an inundation.’
    • ‘Due to the periodic tidal inundation of the experimental plots, fertilizer application was required on a regular basis.’
    • ‘It lies in a pit, which, during the inundation, is filled with water.’
    • ‘They bring with them devastating winds, heavy rain and the threat of coastal inundation from tidal surges.’
    • ‘Expeditions were sent to Abyssinia to ascertain the cause of the inundation of the Nile.’
    • ‘Flood defence experts are to give householders in the Hambleton area advice on how to protect their homes from inundation.’
    • ‘Dangerous areas cannot be identified systematically and consistently, nor can reliable data be obtained on frequency of inundation.’
    • ‘A disabled man has been helped to replace his car, which was damaged in the inundations.’
    • ‘The Epic of Gilgamesh describes a flood which preceded the Biblical inundation by at least a thousand years.’
    • ‘Similar inundations were a regular occurrence back then, bringing the added risk of starvation to survivors due to the disruption caused to agriculture.’
    • ‘I am proud to say this year, there has not been even small amount of inundation.’
    • ‘Building over the floodplain will cause increased inundation lower down.’
    • ‘Provided burial is not too deep, plants will recover within weeks or months of inundation.’

Pronunciation

inundation

/ˌɪnʌnˈdeɪʃn/