Definition of full flood in US English:

full flood


  • 1The tide or a river at its highest.

    • ‘It has been more than sixty years since the Sacramento has swelled to full flood.’
    • ‘Again, the river may not reach full flood until late May.’
    • ‘l On advice from the Environment Agency it was considered inappropriate to allow development in the identified flood plain without a full flood risk assessment.’
    • ‘Tides that begin their inward flood during daylight can often fish poorly compared to those with the full flood tide through darkness.’
    • ‘Record high temperatures and a forecast of more torrential rain meant large areas of North Yorkshire remained on full flood alert last night.’
    • ‘We may surely suppose that, in the darkness of the full flood, some of these creatures are lifted from their pools to drift far out over the deep waters.’
    • ‘Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott has vowed to return to Ryedale next year to meet with disaster-hit residents and discuss options for a full flood defence scheme.’
    • ‘Rivers are beyond the full flood season and their waters are running more clear.’
    • ‘The catchment areas of the Kavango, Kwando and Zambezi rivers is equivalent to the size of Namibia, with very high rainfalls, and it is said that at full flood these rivers could fill all the dams in Namibia within an hour.’
    • ‘Most homeowners in the Meadowview and Pocket communities can now obtain full flood insurance protection for about half of what they currently pay for flood insurance.’
    • ‘I imagine that, if you could fight the current and stay in one place, the anemones must deliver an awesome sight at the tide's full flood.’
    • ‘In these cases, the kinds of impacts associated with full flood control embankments will begin to be experienced.’
    • ‘Before that, planning committees could ask for a full flood risk report, but this would only normally cover the proposed development.’
    • ‘He suspects that the strong currents of a river in full flood caused the devastation in the Bay of Aboukir.’
    1. 1.1be in full flood
      see flood