\ ə-ˈvəls How to pronounce avulse (audio) \
avulsed; avulsing

Definition of avulse

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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First Known Use of avulse

1734, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for avulse

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

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“Avulse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/avulse. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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transitive verb
\ ə-ˈvəls How to pronounce avulse (audio) \
avulsed; avulsing

Medical Definition of avulse

: to separate by avulsion an avulsed ligament


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