swamp (swŏmp, swômp)
a. An area of low-lying land that is frequently flooded, especially one dominated by woody plants.
b. A lowland region saturated with water.
2. A situation or place fraught with difficulties and imponderables: a financial swamp.
v. swamped, swamp·ing, swamps
1. To drench in or cover with or as if with water.
2. To inundate or burden; overwhelm: She was swamped with work.
3. Nautical To fill (a ship or boat) with water to the point of sinking it.
To become full of water or sink.
[Perhaps of Low German origin .]
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