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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [waw-ter-fluhd, wot-er-]
    • /ˈwɔ tərˌflʌd, ˈwɒt ər-/
    • /wˈɔːtəflˌʌd/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [waw-ter-fluhd, wot-er-]
    • /ˈwɔ tərˌflʌd, ˈwɒt ər-/

Definitions of waterflood word

  • noun waterflood (in the petroleum industry) a method of secondary recovery whereby water is pumped into reservoir rock to force out oil that has ceased to flow under its own pressure. 1
  • noun waterflood An inundation of water. 1
  • noun waterflood a flood or overflowing of water 0
  • noun waterflood An instance of waterflooding. 0
  • verb waterflood To pump water into the ground around an oil well nearing depletion in order to loosen and force out additional oil. 0

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Origin of waterflood

First appearance:

before 1925
One of the 11% newest English words
First recorded in 1925-30; water + flood

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Parts of speech for Waterflood


waterflood popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 51% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data most of word are more popular. This word is almost not used. It has a much more popular synonym.

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Synonyms for waterflood

noun waterflood

  • deluge — A deluge of things is a large number of them which arrive or happen at the same time.
  • torrent — a stream of water flowing with great rapidity and violence.
  • freshet — a freshwater stream flowing into the sea.

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