deluge vs overwhelm what difference

what is difference between deluge and overwhelm

English

Etymology

From Middle English deluge, from Old French deluge, alteration of earlier deluvie, from Latin dīluvium, from dīluō (wash away). Doublet of diluvium.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈdɛl.juːdʒ/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈdɛl.ju(d)ʒ/, /dəˈlu(d)ʒ/

Noun

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.
    • 1848, James Russell Lowell, The Vision of Sir Launfal
      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.
    • 2002, NAVEDTRA, Gunner’s Mate 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.

Translations

Verb

deluge (third-person singular simple present deluges, present participle deluging, simple past and past participle deluged)

  1. (transitive) To flood with water.
  2. (transitive) To overwhelm.

Translations

References

  • 1996, T.F. Hoad, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Etymology, Oxford University Press, →ISBN

See also

  • inundate

Middle English

Alternative forms

  • diluge

Etymology

From Old French deluge, from Latin dīluvium.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈdɛːliu̯dʒ(ə)/

Noun

deluge (Late Middle English)

  1. A deluge; a massive flooding or raining.
  2. (rare, figuratively) Any cataclysmic or catastrophic event.

Descendants

  • English: deluge

References

  • “dēlūǧe, n.”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007, retrieved 2018-08-12.

Old French

Etymology

From Latin dīluvium.

Noun

deluge m (oblique plural deluges, nominative singular deluges, nominative plural deluge)

  1. large flood

Descendants

  • French: déluge
  • Middle English: deluge
    • English: deluge


English

Etymology

From Middle English overwhelmen, equivalent to over- +‎ whelm.

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˌəʊvəˈʍɛlm/, /ˌəʊvəˈwɛlm/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌoʊvɚˈʍɛlm/, /ˌoʊvɚˈwɛlm/
  • (Scotland) IPA(key): /ˌovɚˈʍɛlm/
  • Rhymes: -ɛlm

Verb

overwhelm (third-person singular simple present overwhelms, present participle overwhelming, simple past and past participle overwhelmed)

  1. To engulf, surge over and submerge.
    Synonym: swamp
  2. To overpower, crush.
    In December 1939 the Soviet Union attacked Finland with overwhelming force.
    • The sea overwhelmed their enemies.
  3. To overpower emotionally.
  4. To cause to surround, to cover.
    1684, Denis Papin, Instrument to make turpentine penetrate plaster and wood using the airpump
    • I lay Turpentine all over the same: then I overwhelm a broader pipe about the first

Derived terms

  • overwhelming

Related terms

  • whelm

Antonyms

  • underwhelm

Translations

Noun

overwhelm (countable and uncountable, plural overwhelms)

  1. The state or condition of being overwhelmed.

See also

  • too many balls in the air

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