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flooding

[′fləd·iŋ]
(agriculture)
Filling of ditches or covering of land with water during the raising of crops; rice, for example, must have occasional flooding to grow properly.
(chemical engineering)
Condition in a liquid-vapor counterflow device (such as a distillation column) in which the rate of vapor rise is such as to prevent liquid downflow, causing a buildup of the liquid (flooding) within the device.
(petroleum engineering)
Technique of increasing recovery of oil (secondary recovery) from a reservoir by injection of water into the formation to drive the oil toward producing wellholes. Also known as waterflooding.
(psychology)
A behavior therapy for phobias and other problems involving maladaptive anxiety, in which anxiety producers are presented in intense form (real or imagined) and continued until the stimuli no longer produce disabling anxiety.

Flooding

 

in military affairs, an obstacle created to compel the enemy to abandon an area he has occupied, to hinder his advance, to disrupt bridges and ferrying and landing operations, or to interrupt communications in the rear of the enemy. For flooding an army may use a water reservoir on a river or a tributary; a lake, a river, or a canal with a spillway that regulates water supply; or a sea or a gulf if the water level is higher than the land and is separated from it by dunes or dikes. Flooding was used in World War I and World War II.

flooding

1. The stratification of different-colored pigments in a paint film.
2. Introducing water, by gravity, into the backfill surrounding a pipe in order to compact the backfill.
3. A temporary condition of partial or complete inundation of normally dry land areas resulting from (a) the overflow of inland or tidal waters, or (b) the unusual and rapid accumulation of runoff of surface waters from any source.

flooding

Various denial-of-service techniques that saturate a critical resource, leading either to system failure or to the exclusion of legitimate access. See e-mail bombing, Fraggle attack, smurf attack and SYN-flood attack.