landslide

noun
land·​slide | \ˈlan(d)-ˌslīd \

Definition of landslide 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the usually rapid downward movement of a mass of rock, earth, or artificial fill on a slope also : the mass that moves down

2a : a great majority of votes for one side

b : an overwhelming victory

landslide

verb
landslid\ˈlan(d)-​ˌslid \; landsliding\ˈlan(d)-​ˌslī-​diŋ \

Definition of landslide (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to produce a landslide

2 : to win an election by a heavy majority

Examples of landslide in a Sentence

Noun

The earthquake triggered a landslide. They were buried under the landslide. The presidential election turned out to be one of the biggest landslides in history. She won the election by a landslide.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This October, Jair Bolsonaro won a landslide victory in Brazil’s presidential election on a brazenly racist, sexist, and anti-LGBTQ platform with an affinity for law-and-order and nationalism. Marc J. Hetherington, Vox, "How you think about raising children says a lot about your political views," 29 Nov. 2018 Johnson was, of course, reelected in a landslide victory over Republican Barry Goldwater. Jewel Wicker, Teen Vogue, "How Campaign Ads Use Fear to Force Voters to React," 26 Oct. 2018 Most critically, the coalition’s candidates won landslide victories in the first round of mayoral elections in Warsaw, Lodz and Poznan. Vanessa Gera, The Seattle Times, "Poland’s ruling populists see power, appeal checked," 22 Oct. 2018 The action was the latest in a series of releases of government critics that follow the landslide victory of Prime Hun Sen's Cambodian People's Party in a July general election. Sopheng Cheang, Fox News, "Former opposition party leader freed in Cambodia," 10 Sep. 2018 The land route to the affected zone was blocked in part by landslides, delaying relief convoys. John Lyons, WSJ, "Survivors of Indonesian Quake and Tsunami Scrounge for Staples," 3 Oct. 2018 Elected by a landslide in 2011 as Spain’s property crash spiraled into a full-blown financial crash, Rajoy took a European bailout to fix the country’s banking system and laid the foundations for an economic rebound that’s now in its fifth year. Fortune, "Spain's Prime Minister Was Just Ousted, Fueling Even More Uncertainty in Europe," 1 June 2018 Elected by a landslide in 2011 as Spain’s property crash spiraled into a full-blown financial crash, Rajoy took a European bailout to fix the country’s banking system and laid the foundations for an economic rebound that’s now in its fifth year. Charles Penty, Bloomberg.com, "Rajoy Set to Fall, Paying Price for Years of Corruption in Spain," 1 June 2018 In 2009, Typhoon Morakot killed almost 700 people in Taiwan, including about 400 when their village was wiped out by flooding and landslides. Washington Post, "Typhoon Maria barrels into China after pounding Taiwan," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of landslide

Noun

1822, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1926, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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landslide

noun

English Language Learners Definition of landslide

: 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

noun
land·​slide | \ˈland-ˌslīd \

Kids Definition of landslide

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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