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avalanche

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noun av·a·lanche \ˈa-və-ˌlanch\

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 physics :  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 in a sentence

  1. He was buried by an avalanche.

Origin and Etymology of avalanche

French, from French dialect (Franco-Provençal) lavantse, avalantse


First Known Use: 1744


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avalanche

verb av·a·lanche

Definition of avalanche

avalanched

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avalanching

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to descend in an avalanche Snow avalanched down the mountain.

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  overwhelm, flood The office was avalanched with applications.

Origin and Etymology of avalanche

see 1avalanche


First Known Use: 1826


AVALANCHE Defined for English Language Learners

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avalanche

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noun av·a·lanche \ˈa-və-ˌlanch\

Definition of avalanche for English Language Learners

  • : 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


AVALANCHE Defined for Kids

avalanche

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noun av·a·lanche \ˈa-və-ˌlanch\

Definition of avalanche for Students

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



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