flash flood

noun
a sudden local flood of great volume and short duration (Freq. 1)
Syn: ↑flashflood
Hypernyms: ↑flood, ↑inundation, ↑deluge, ↑alluvion
Hyponyms: ↑floodhead

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noun
: a local flood of relatively great volume and short duration that generally results from heavy rainfall in the immediate vicinity

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a sudden and destructive rush of water down a narrow gully or over a sloping surface, caused by heavy rainfall.
[1935-40]
Syn. See flood.

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flash flood noun
A sudden, severe, brief flood caused by a heavy rainstorm
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Main Entry:flash

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flash flood UK US noun [countable] [singular flash flood plural flash floods]
a sudden unexpected flood
Thesaurus: floods and tidal waveshyponym general words meaning natural disastersynonym

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flash flood,
a very sudden, violent flooding of a river, stream, or lake.

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n. a sudden local flood, typically due to heavy rain

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ˈflash flood [flash flood flash floods] noun
a sudden flood of water caused by heavy rain
 
Example Bank:

More than 80 people were feared dead last night after flash floods, the worst in 34 years.


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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