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avalanche

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noun av·a·lanche \ˈa-və-ˌlanch\

Simple Definition of avalanche

  • : 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. 1 :  a large mass of snow, ice, earth, rock, or other material in swift motion down a mountainside or over a precipice

  2. 2 :  a sudden great or overwhelming rush or accumulation of something <hit by an avalanche of paperwork>

  3. 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

Rhymes with avalanche


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avalanche

verb av·a·lanche

Definition of avalanche

avalanchedavalanch·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to descend in an avalanche

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  overwhelm, flood



1855

First Known Use of avalanche

1855



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