avulsed; avulsing

transitive verb

: to separate by avulsion

Examples of avulse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Geographers had already noticed that rivers tend to avulse at the foot of mountains, where slopes change dramatically and sediment settles out, silting up the bed. Fred Pearce, Science | AAAS, 13 May 2021

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Word History


Latin avulsus, past participle of avellere to tear off, from ab- + vellere to pluck — more at vulnerable

First Known Use

1734, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of avulse was in 1734

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“Avulse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/avulse. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition


transitive verb
avulsed; avulsing
: to separate by avulsion
an avulsed ligament
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