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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Many homes in Jakarta were flooded in the Indonesian capital's worst deluge for years.
▪ A deluge of medals somehow makes the effort look more meaningful, no matter how little valor accompanies it.
▪ A rancher who heard the deluge coming loaded his family in his truck and began to dash to safety.
▪ At this stage, almost overwhelmed by the deluge of war, there is perhaps nothing to say that is not banal.
▪ Dotson was on the road during the deluge, and said he couldn't believe it when he heard the news.
▪ Nevertheless, they failed to stop a deluge of complaints about the collection's shortcomings and María Corral's personal tastes.
▪ The ceaseless deluge had turned the small front yard of the cottage into a swamp.
▪ The new wind brought rain, and not just showers, but a constant soaking deluge flying sometimes straight at us.
▪ Do the feds truly imagine some night Taylor will be deluged with enough wheelchair patrons to fill twenty-four tables?
▪ His law offices in a small building on the southwestern edge of the city were deluged with calls and visits by reporters.
▪ Six hours before our meeting began, the city was deluged with torrential rain.
▪ Sometimes I seemed to be nothing but grievance and distress, like a human storm looking for something to deluge.
▪ The jails where the demonstrators were held were deluged with letters and Christmas food parcels.
▪ The unprecedented downpour deluged the nearby Spiceball Park Leisure centre.The building was evacuated, as flood water filled the basement.
▪ Their dealers, too, deluged Capitol Hill.
▪ When a baby is newborn, friends, family, and even strangers deluge us with moral support and advice.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Deluge \Del"uge\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Deluged; p. pr. & vb. n. Deluging.]

  1. To overflow with water; to inundate; to overwhelm.

    The deluged earth would useless grow.

  2. To overwhelm, as with a deluge; to cover; to overspread; to overpower; to submerge; to destroy; as, the northern nations deluged the Roman empire with their armies; the land is deluged with woe.

    At length corruption, like a general flood . . . Shall deluge all.
    --Pope. [1913 Webster] ||


Deluge \Del"uge\ (d[e^]l"[-u]j), n. [F. d['e]luge, L. diluvium, fr. diluere wash away; di- = dis- + luere, equiv. to lavare to wash. See Lave, and cf. Diluvium.]

  1. A washing away; an overflowing of the land by water; an inundation; a flood; specifically, The Deluge, the great flood in the days of Noah (
    --Gen. vii.).

  2. Fig.: Anything which overwhelms, or causes great destruction. ``The deluge of summer.''

    A fiery deluge fed With ever-burning sulphur unconsumed.

    As I grub up some quaint old fragment of a [London] street, or a house, or a shop, or tomb or burial ground, which has still survived in the deluge.
    --F. Harrison.

    After me the deluge. (Apr['e]s moi le d['e]luge.)
    --Madame de Pompadour.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., from Old French deluge (12c.), earlier deluve, from Latin diluvium "flood, inundation," from diluere "wash away," from dis- "away" (see dis-) + -luere, comb. form of lavere "to wash" (see lave).


1590s; see deluge (n.). Related: Deluged; deluging.


n. 1 A great flood or rain. 2 An overwhelming amount of something; anything that overwhelms or causes great destruction. 3 (Military engineering) A damage control system on navy warships which is activated by excessive temperature within the Vertical Launching System. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To flood with water. 2 (context transitive English) To overwhelm.

  1. n. an overwhelming number or amount; "a flood of requests"; "a torrent of abuse" [syn: flood, inundation, torrent]

  2. a heavy rain [syn: downpour, cloudburst, waterspout, torrent, pelter, soaker]

  3. the rising of a body of water and its overflowing onto normally dry land; "plains fertilized by annual inundations" [syn: flood, inundation, alluvion]

  4. v. fill quickly beyond capacity; as with a liquid; "the basement was inundated after the storm"; "The images flooded his mind" [syn: flood, inundate, swamp]

  5. charge someone with too many tasks [syn: overwhelm, flood out]

  6. fill or cover completely, usually with water [syn: inundate, submerge]


A deluge is a large downpour of rain, often a flood.

Deluge may also refer to:

Deluge (film)

Deluge is a 1933 American Pre-Code apocalyptic, science fiction film released by RKO Radio Pictures, and directed by Felix E. Feist. The film depicts a group of worldwide natural disasters which lead to the destruction of the earth.

The film is very loosely based on the novel of the same name by S. Fowler Wright, with the setting changed from England to the United States. A series of earthquakes destroy the Pacific coast of the United States, causing a massive tsunami, which heads toward New York City.

Deluge (fireboat)
Deluge (fireboat) may refer to:
  • , a former fireboat, now a registered National Historic Landmark, in New Orleans

  • , a fireboat that served for forty years in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Deluge (history)

The term Deluge (, ) denotes a series of mid-17th-century campaigns in the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth. In a wider sense it applies to the period between the Khmelnytsky (Chmielnicki) Uprising of 1648 and the Truce of Andrusovo in 1667, thus comprising the Polish theatres of the Russo-Polish and Second Northern Wars. In a stricter sense, the term refers to the Swedish invasion and occupation of the Commonwealth as a theatre of the Second Northern War only (1655–1660); In Poland and Lithuania this period is called the Swedish Deluge , and the term deluge (or potop in Polish) was popularized by Henryk Sienkiewicz in his novel The Deluge (1886).

During the wars the Commonwealth lost approximately one third of its population as well as its status as a great power. According to Professor Andrzej Rottermund, manager of the Royal Castle in Warsaw, the destruction of Poland in the deluge was more extensive than the destruction of the country in World War II. As Rottermund claims, Swedish invaders robbed the Commonwealth of its most important riches, and most of the stolen items never returned to Poland. Warsaw, the capital of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth, was completely destroyed by the Swedes, and out of a pre-war population of 20,000, only 2,000 remained in the city after the war. According to the 2012 Polish estimates, financial losses of Poland are estimated at 4 billion zlotys. Swedish invaders completely destroyed 188 cities and towns, 81 castles, and 136 churches in Poland.

Deluge (software)

Deluge is a BitTorrent client written in Python. Deluge is cross-platform, using a front and back end architecture where libtorrent, a software library written in C++ which provides the application's networking logic, is connected to one of various front ends (including a text console, a Web interface, and a graphical desktop interface using GTK+) through the project's own Python bindings.

Released under the terms of the GNU General Public License, Version 3, Deluge is free, open source software.

Deluge (novel)

Deluge is a 1928 novel by S. Fowler Wright.

In the novel, a series of tremors creates a global flood that destroys all civilization save for a few areas of the English Midlands that remain above water. It follows Martin Webster, a lawyer who loses his wife and children. His companion, Claire Arlington, is an athlete and one of the few women to survive the flood. Their love affair is complicated when Helen, Martin's wife, turns out not to be dead after all. It is one of the earliest examples of post-apocalyptic science fiction, it is also classified as a scientific romance.

Wright used the metaphor of the flood and the aftermath to comment critically upon 1920s British society at the time. A movie version made in Hollywood, very loosely based upon the book, but instead set in New York City was released in 1933. The film was well received in the United States and granted Wright considerable financial success.

Storm Jameson praised Deluge on its original publication in the magazine London Calling, comparing Deluge to Cicely Hamilton's post-holocaust novel Theodore Savage. Deluge also influenced Jameson's novel of a Britain devastated by floods, The World Ends (1937, as by William Lamb).

Deluge was Wright's first bestseller both in the United States and in Wright's native United Kingdom, the success of the novel allowed Wright to pursue writing full-time

Usage examples of "deluge".

Or the rain might fall, as it does in Algeria, in endless deluges, making a wet dark well of the street, but the class was hardly distracted.

Was it retribution that I hoped to find as I set out from Alsatia, in the midst of the deluge, in the back of a mail-coach jostling along the Strand and into Charing Cross, heading slowly westward?

I wanted to look more closely at some of the curious links I thought I had identified connecting the sudden appearance of Viracocha to the deluge legends of the Incas and other Andean peoples.

Our first twenty-one miles to Twin Lakes, at the best speed, with good horses, occupied eight hours, three of which, in the middle of the night, were passed under deluging rain accompanied by thunder and lightning of the most appalling grandeur, thumping in the shelterless wagon over stumps and bogholes through the dreary woods.

Except for the largest of them, the deluge of glacial runoff could change the course of a river from one season to the next as easily as the ice hill pingos of winter melted into the bogs of summer.

Centeotl, goddess of maize, 22, 134 Chac, Maya gods, 80 Chalchihuitlycue, an Aztec god, 123 Chantico, an Aztec god, 138 Cherokees, location, 25 name of God, 51 serpent myth, 115 baptism, 128 deluge, 205 priests, 281 Chia, goddess of Muyscas, 134 Chichimec, 139 n.

Deluging Heaven with fire, and the lashed deeps Glitter and boil beneath: it rages on, One mighty stream, whirlwind and waves upthrown, Lightning, and hail, and darkness eddying by.

The Gomez cocaine cartel has been after the Encinas mountain coffee plantations since before the Deluge, as often as not with open warfare.

From their evidence, and from that which has preceded, we shall find, that the Deluge was the grand epocha of every antient kingdom.

Besides their own rain the Fens were deluged with the water from thirteen counties.

While automatic sprays deluge the inner ditch with fire retardant foam to seal off the air and extinguish the flames, underground pumps drain the remaining contents of the damaged tank.

Then all the ancient primitive truths were made known to him, so far as they had survived the assaults of time: and he was informed as to the generation of the Gods, the creation of the world, the deluge, and the resurrection, of which that of Balder was a type.

I have made my cut, and both Hammerhead Jack and I are deluged in the sanguineous gush.

Assyrians with the means of opposing a sudden deluge to the progress of an invading army.

Aryans are the Japhetic race, and if Japheth was one of the sons of the patriarch who escaped from the Deluge, then assuredly, if the tradition of Genesis be true, the Aryans came from the drowned land, to wit, Atlantis.