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 : 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
He was buried by an avalanche.
Origin of avalanche
French, from French dialect (Franco-Provençal) lavantse, avalantse
First Known Use: 1744
Rhymes with avalanche
First Known Use of avalanche
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