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landslide

noun land·slide \ ˈlan(d)-ˌslīd \
|Updated on: 17 Jun 2018

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 in a Sentence

  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.

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First Known Use of landslide

1822

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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landslide

verb

Definition of landslide

landslid play \ˈlan(d)-ˌslid\; landsliding play \ˈlan(d)-ˌslī-diŋ\
1 : to produce a landslide
2 : to win an election by a heavy majority

First Known Use of landslide

1926

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LANDSLIDE Defined for English Language Learners

landslide

Definition of landslide for English Language Learners

  • : 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


LANDSLIDE Defined for Kids

landslide

noun land·slide \ ˈland-ˌslīd \

Definition of landslide for Students

1 : the sudden and rapid downward movement of a mass of rocks or earth on a steep slope
2 : the material that moves in a landslide
3 : the winning of an election by a very large number of votes


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