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Mus. play for 3 speakers, ten., and 2 basses, ch., and orch. by Stravinsky to lib. chosen and arr. by Robert Craft from Genesis, and York and Chester cycles of mystery plays. Comp. 1961–2. ...

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A Dictionary of Asian Mythology

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2002

... In all parts of the world, including Asia, flood myths are found, usually as aspects of the larger creation story. Generally the flood marks a new beginning, a second chance for a sinful humankind or for creation itself. The flood waters become a second version, as it were, of the primeval maternal waters—a vehicle for rebirth as well as a cleansing element. ( see the Fish and the Flood , Chinese Flood Myth , Zoroastrian Flood , Indonesian Flood , Nithan Khun Borom...

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions

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2003
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... . Deluge described in Genesis 6. 1–9. 18. For the flood of Manu in India, see PRALAYA...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Idioms (4 ed.)

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2020
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... flood be in full flood 1 (of a river) be swollen and overflowing its banks. 2 have gained momentum; be at the height of activity. ...

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A Dictionary of Agriculture and Land Management

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2019
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... Water covering land which would normally drain and be dry. Most often caused by heavy rains, melting snow, tides, storms, and so on. Low-lying agricultural land adjacent to rivers and lakes can be part of a natural flood plain or flood meadow , where excess water is essentially stored before draining out through the associated river systems. Increased agricultural intensification has promoted drainage of these natural flooding mechanisms and has resulted in increased flooding pressures lower down the river systems and adjacent towns and cities. This in...

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A Dictionary of Mechanical Engineering (2 ed.)

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...flood To supply so much fuel to an engine that it cannot form a combustible mixture with the air...

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Archaeology (3 ed.)

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2021
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Archaeology
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... ( The Great Flood ) [Ge] A natural catastrophe involving a massive flood is reported in a number of historical texts written in the Near East in the 2nd and 3rd millennia bc . These include Genesis from the Bible and texts in Ashurbanipal's library in Nineveh. It is not certain that all these floods are the same event; rather they may all relate to difficulties controlling the water systems in the low‐lying alluvial plain of southern...

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Concise Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain

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2021
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Names studies
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... 1881: 2599; Lancs; London; also Devon; Kent; Norfolk. 1 Welsh: see Floyd . 2 English: locative name from Middle English flod , flud(e) ‘stream’ (Old English flōd ) or ‘channel, gutter’ (Old English flōde ), for someone who lived beside such a feature or who lived at a place so called, such as Flood (in Drewsteignton) and Fludda (in Hennock), both in Devon. Compare Floate and Flute (with which Flood may have been interchangeable). 3 Irish: adopted for various surnames correctly or erroneously associated with Gaelic tuile ‘flood’, for...

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A Dictionary of Celtic Mythology

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... , flood legends . . Instances of the international flood theme (folk motifs: A1010–22) occur frequently in Celtic literatures. The biblical Deluge serves as a model for many instances and is cited as factual in the Irish pseudo-history, *Lebor Gabála [Book of Invasions]; only Fintan mac Bóchra survives it. Wales, although a mountainous country, has two flood stories: ( a ) Cantre'r Gwaelod , the land of Gwyddno Garanhir , flooded to make Cardigan Bay through the carelessness of Seithennyn, the drunken dike-keeper; ( b ) Llyn Llion , the lake of...

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The Oxford Companion to World Mythology

... Flood myths are found in all parts of the world, usually as aspects of creation stories. Generally the flood marks a new beginning, a second chance for a sinful humankind or for creation itself, as in Hebrew mythology in the biblical Book of Genesis . The flood waters become a second version, as it were, of the primeval maternal waters—a vehicle for rebirth as well as a cleansing element. Usually there is a human flood hero —the Hebrew Noah, the Sumerian/ Babylonian Ziusudra / Utnapishtim , the Greek Deucalion , the Indian Manu , or one...

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A Dictionary of Geography (5 ed.)

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...and size of extreme floods have markedly decreased over the last 50 years. Extreme upland flooding appears to be associated with negative North Atlantic Oscillation index values. Flood prevention and flood control measures include afforestation, the construction of relief channels and reservoirs, water meadow areas in which to divert flood water, and a ban on building in flood-prone environments, such as flood plains . These measures may increase with per capita income, individual preparedness, and/or experience with flooding, but may decrease with...

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A Dictionary of Environment and Conservation (3 ed.)

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2017

... To fill to beyond capacity, so that the fluid spills out. In a river , it means a high flow that overflows from the channel and inundates the floodplain , which is normally dry. On a coast, it means seawater flowing over low‐lying land that is normally dry. See also flash flood ; inundation...

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A Dictionary of Reference and Allusion (3 ed.)

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2010
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... [Bible] In the biblical story related in Genesis, God brought a great flood upon the earth in the time of *Noah because of the wickedness of the human race. Apart from Noah, his family, and the animals he was instructed to shelter on the ark, all inhabitants of the earth perished in the Flood, which lasted for 40 days and 40 nights. There are similar flood myths in other traditions, such as in the epic of Gilgamesh and in the Greek legend of *Deucalion . > Mentioned in the context of flooding; references to a time before the Flood are intended to...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names of Ireland

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2021
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...(Waterford); Margaret Flood, 1603 in Fiants Elizabeth §6766 (Kilkenny); William Flood, 1796 in Flaxgrowers List (Kilkeel, Down); Andrew Flood, 1796 in Flaxgrowers List (Killymard, Donegal); Catherine Flood, 1796 in Flaxgrowers List (Carrigallen, Leitrim); Michael Floody, 1796 in Flaxgrowers List (Killashandra, Cavan); Thomas Fludd, 1796 in Flaxgrowers List (Kilskeer, Meath); James Fluddy, 1796 in Flaxgrowers List (Parsonstown, Louth); Mat Flood, 1825 in Tithe Applotment (Coolkenno, Aghowle, Wicklow); Terence Flood, 1826 in Tithe Applotment ...

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The Oxford Companion to Ships and the Sea (2 ed.)

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2007
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History, Social sciences
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... , the flow of the tidal stream as it rises from the ending of the period of slack water at low tide to the start of the period of slack water at high tide. Its period is about six hours which is divided into three parts of about two hours each, the first two hours being known as the young flood, the middle two hours as the main flood, and the last two as the last of the flood. An approximate rule for both the amount of the rise and speed of the flow of a flood tide for each of the six hours of the period of tide is 1 / 12 for the first hours, 2 / 12 ...

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A Dictionary of the Bible (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2010
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Religion
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386 words

... There is no archaeological evidence for the universal flood described in Gen. 6–8, but there are several Mesopotamian stories about how a family marvellously survived such a flood. In Genesis the flood is a * punishment from God who was determined to clear the earth of its gross impurities caused by the misdeeds of its inhabitants. Other flood stories, such as the Gilgamesh epic from 12th‐cent. bce * Babylonia , discovered at * Nineveh in 1872 , seem to regard the flood as somehow issuing out of disputes amongst the gods, and the hero who survives is...

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The Oxford Dictionary of the Jewish Religion (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2011
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Religion
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249 words

... . The biblical account of the flood that God visited upon the earth because of human wickedness is told in Genesis 6.5–9.17. Only the righteous Noah , his family, and representatives of the animal kingdom were allowed to escape in a floating ark. The Flood is described as a release of the primeval waters of chaos that had been restrained by the act of creation. After the Flood, the world was, as it were, re-created. Subsequently, God vowed never to repeat this punishment and proclaimed the rainbow as a sign of his covenant ( Gn . 9.12–17). Flood...

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A Dictionary of Public Health (2 ed.)

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2018

...flood Overflowing of large amounts of water onto land that is normally not submerged. This can result from rivers bursting their banks after heavy rainstorms, tidal surges accompanying severe storms, collapse of a reservoir or dam, obstruction of river flow by ice buildup in the spring thaw, landslides, etc. A flood is often a sudden catastrophic event that has significant health consequences, including loss of homes and habitat, displacement of large numbers of people, contamination of water supplies by sewage from inactivated sewage treatment works, toxic...

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A Concise Companion to the Jewish Religion

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2003
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180 words

... The deluge in which God destroyed all mankind (with the exception of Noah and his family) because of their evil deeds, as told in the book of Genesis (6: 9–9: 28). The mythical nature of the Flood narrative has often been noted, especially in the account of the animals coming in two by two into Noah's Ark, which is not a huge ship but a comparatively small, box-like structure. Moreover, parallels to the Flood story are found in ancient Babylonian myths, especially in the Gilgamish Epic in which the gods decide to destroy mankind because people are...

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A Dictionary of Disaster Management

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2017
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Social sciences, Environment, Sociology
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217 words

...flood Overflowing of a large amount of water beyond its normal confines. While recurrent floods are essential for many agricultural activities, flood disasters have adverse effects on people’s livelihoods . Although not the most lethal disasters, floods can destroy infrastructure and houses, damage food production, pollute water, and carry disease. Floods are typically caused by a combination of natural hazards (heavy rains and storms) and human activities (deforestation, settling in flood-prone areas, or the construction of hydropower plants). Floods can...

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A Dictionary of Construction, Surveying and Civil Engineering (2 ed.)

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2020

...flood A flood with a 1 in 100 chance of...

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