landslide


1land·slide

noun \ˈlan(d)-ˌslīd\

: a large mass of rocks and earth that suddenly and quickly moves down the side of a mountain or hill

: an election in which the winner gets a much greater number of votes than the loser

Full Definition of LANDSLIDE

1
:  the usually rapid downward movement of a mass of rock, earth, or artificial fill on a slope; also :  the mass that moves down
2
a :  a great majority of votes for one side
b :  an overwhelming victory

Examples of LANDSLIDE

  1. The earthquake triggered a landslide.
  2. They were buried under the landslide.
  3. The presidential election turned out to be one of the biggest landslides in history.
  4. She won the election by a landslide.

First Known Use of LANDSLIDE

1822

2landslide

verb
landslid \-ˌslid\landslid·ing \-ˌslī-diŋ\

Definition of LANDSLIDE

intransitive verb
1
:  to produce a landslide
2
:  to win an election by a heavy majority

First Known Use of LANDSLIDE

1926

landslide

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

The movement of a mass of rock or soil down a slope. The term is used to describe a variety of phenomena, from rock falls to the gradual downhill flow of soil. Landslides occur when the force of gravity acting on the materials within a slope overcomes the material's resistance to shearing. Among the processes that can lead to a landslide are the steepening of a slope by natural erosion or excavation, the overloading of the slope by an inflow of water, and the motion caused by an earthquake.

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