avale·​ment | \ ȧvȧl(ə)mäⁿ \
plural -s

Definition of avalement

: the technique of allowing the knees to flex and thus absorb bumps when skiing and turning at high speed so that the skis will remain in constant contact with the snow

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First Known Use of avalement

1967, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for avalement

French, literally, swallowing, from avaler to lower, swallow, from Middle French

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“Avalement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/avalement. Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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