• (British) IPA: /ˈdɛl.juːdʒ/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈdɛl.ju(d)ʒ/, /dəˈlu(d)ʒ/

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.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 1”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
      A fiery deluge fed / With ever-burning sulphur unconsumed.
    • The little bird sits at his door in the sun, / Atilt like a blossom among the leaves, / And lets his illumined being o'errun / With the deluge of summer it receives.
  3. (military engineering) A damage control system on navy warships which is activated by excessive temperature within the Vertical Launching System.
    • 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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deluge (deluges, present participle deluging; 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.
  2. (transitive) To overwhelm.
    After the announcement, they were deluged with requests for more information.
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Proper noun
  1. (Bible) The Biblical flood during the time of Noah.

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