waterflood

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English waterrflod, from Old English wæterflōd, equivalent to water +‎ flood.

Noun[edit]

waterflood (plural waterfloods)

  1. An inundation of water.

Verb[edit]

waterflood (third-person singular simple present waterfloods, present participle waterflooding, simple past and past participle waterflooded)

  1. To pump water into the ground around an oil well nearing depletion in order to loosen and force out additional oil.
    We will waterflood the well in order to obtain the remaining oil.

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