deluge

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See also: Deluge and déluge

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English deluge, from Old French deluge, alteration of earlier deluvie, from Latin dīluvium, from dīluō (wash away). Doublet of diluvium.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈdɛl.juːdʒ/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈdɛl.ju(d)ʒ/, /dəˈlu(d)ʒ/
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Noun[edit]

deluge (plural deluges)

  1. A great flood or rain.
    The deluge continued for hours, drenching the land and slowing traffic to a halt.
  2. An overwhelming amount of something; anything that overwhelms or causes great destruction.
    The rock concert was a deluge of sound.
  3. (military engineering) A damage control system on navy warships which is activated by excessive temperature within the Vertical Launching System.
    • 2002, NAVEDTRA, Gunner's Mate 14324A
      In the event of a restrained firing or canister overtemperature condition, the deluge system sprays cooling water within the canister until the overtemperature condition no longer exists.

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Verb[edit]

deluge (third-person singular simple present deluges, present participle deluging, simple past and past participle deluged)

  1. (transitive) To flood with water.
    Some areas were deluged with a month's worth of rain in 24 hours.
    • 2020 July 29, Andrew Roden, “ORR demands more action on weather resistance”, in Rail, page 21, photo caption:
      South Yorkshire 2019: The track at Conisbrough is deluged by floodwater. Lines were shut and services were disrupted across Yorkshire and the East Midlands.
  2. (transitive) To overwhelm.
    After the announcement, they were deluged with requests for more information.

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References[edit]

  • 1996, T.F. Hoad, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Etymology, Oxford University Press, →ISBN

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Middle English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French deluge, from Latin dīluvium.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈdɛːliu̯dʒ(ə)/

Noun[edit]

deluge (Late Middle English)

  1. A deluge; a massive flooding or raining.
  2. (rare, figuratively) Any cataclysmic or catastrophic event.

Descendants[edit]

  • English: deluge

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Old French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin dīluvium.

Noun[edit]

deluge m (oblique plural deluges, nominative singular deluges, nominative plural deluge)

  1. large flood

Descendants[edit]