Definition of inundation in US English:



  • 1An overwhelming abundance of people or things.

    ‘we see an inundation of campaign posters’
    • ‘Although far from isolated, it has generally avoided tourist inundation and retains a rich cultural identity.’
    • ‘For consumers, the inundation of imports has not reduced tortilla prices, which increased 350 percent between 1994 and 1998.’
    • ‘In his recent introduction to a book on the photographers, he termed our current inundation with electronic media as a "moronic inferno."’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Part of it was due to the drying up of local film production, muscled out of business by the inundation of Hollywood movies.’
    • ‘Is it the overwhelming inundation of releases?’
    • ‘Worst of all was the inundation of mosquitoes and ants.’
    • ‘She recalls the inundation of the red-eyed bugs during their last appearance.’
    • ‘For some reason, it doesn't seems to suffer from the same inundation of spam that the other site does.’
    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’
    ‘areas at risk of inundation’
    • ‘The Epic of Gilgamesh describes a flood which preceded the Biblical inundation by at least a thousand years.’
    • ‘They bring with them devastating winds, heavy rain and the threat of coastal inundation from tidal surges.’
    • ‘The annual inundation of the Nile increased the likelihood of waterborne infections.’
    • ‘A former church, which stood on the same site, was washed down by an inundation in 1271.’
    • ‘The inundation at two spots on the Tangerang toll road this past week has been a major source of frustration.’
    • ‘It lies in a pit, which, during the inundation, is filled with water.’
    • ‘In coastal regions sea level rise will lead to more coastal inundation.’
    • ‘He was appealed to at times of famine caused by low inundation of the Nile.’
    • ‘A disabled man has been helped to replace his car, which was damaged in the inundations.’
    • ‘Building over the floodplain will cause increased inundation lower down.’
    • ‘Due to the periodic tidal inundation of the experimental plots, fertilizer application was required on a regular basis.’
    • ‘Some maps also included information about how fast the flow of water might be over land or how long the inundation might last.’
    • ‘Provided burial is not too deep, plants will recover within weeks or months of inundation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Flood defence experts are to give householders in the Hambleton area advice on how to protect their homes from inundation.’
    • ‘Not only will you have the greatest depth and the slackest flow but also you won't be in danger of an inundation.’
    • ‘Dangerous areas cannot be identified systematically and consistently, nor can reliable data be obtained on frequency of inundation.’
    • ‘Following persistent inundation, forests may be destroyed in a relatively short period of time.’
    • ‘Expeditions were sent to Abyssinia to ascertain the cause of the inundation of the Nile.’