avalanche

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Avalanche \Av"a*lanche'\ (?; 277), noun [F. avalanche, fr. avaler to descend, to let down, from aval down, downward; ? (L. ad) + val, L. vallis, valley. See {Valley}.]

1. A large mass or body of snow and ice sliding swiftly down a mountain side, or falling down a precipice.

2. A fall of earth, rocks, etc., similar to that of an avalanche of snow or ice.

3. A sudden, great, or irresistible descent or influx of anything.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

avalanche

noun

1: a slide of large masses of snow and ice and mud down a mountain

2: a sudden appearance of an overwhelming number of things; "the program brought an avalanche of mail"

verb

1: gather into a huge mass and roll down a mountain, of snow [syn: {avalanche}, {roll down}]


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