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1avalanche

noun av·a·lanche \ˈa-və-ˌlanch\

: a large amount of snow and ice or of dirt and rocks that slides suddenly down the side of a mountain

: a sudden great amount of something

Full Definition of AVALANCHE

1
:  a large mass of snow, ice, earth, rock, or other material in swift motion down a mountainside or over a precipice
2
:  a sudden great or overwhelming rush or accumulation of something <hit by an avalanche of paperwork>
3
:  a cumulative process in which photons or accelerated charge carriers produce additional photons or charge carriers through collisions (as with gas molecules)

Examples of AVALANCHE

  1. He was buried by an avalanche.

Origin of AVALANCHE

French, from French dialect (Franco-Provençal) lavantse, avalantse
First Known Use: 1744

Other Geology Terms

anthracite, boulder, cwm, erratic, igneous, intrusive, mesa, sedimentary, silt, swale

Rhymes with AVALANCHE

2avalanche

verb
avalanchedavalanch·ing

Definition of AVALANCHE

intransitive verb
:  to descend in an avalanche
transitive verb

First Known Use of AVALANCHE

1855
AVALANCHE Defined for Kids

avalanche

noun av·a·lanche \ˈa-və-ˌlanch\

Definition of AVALANCHE for Kids

:  a large mass of snow and ice or of earth or rock sliding down a mountainside or over a cliff

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