land·​slide | \ ˈlan(d)-ˌslīd How to pronounce landslide (audio) \

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


landslid\ ˈlan(d)-​ˌslid How to pronounce landslid (audio) \; landsliding\ ˈlan(d)-​ˌslī-​diŋ How to pronounce landsliding (audio) \

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


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

The results? Sleek, simple pieces won out over bohemian and talismanic accessories by a landslide. Vogue, "The Results Are In, and Minimalist Jewelry Is Where It’s At," 21 Dec. 2018 Like the Big Island, Maui experienced flooding and landslides. Fox News, "Storm drifts away from Hawaii after 'almost biblical' rains," 26 Aug. 2018 Stuffing won in a landslide, except for in Louisiana, Arkansas, Alabama, Tennessee, and Kentucky. Vogue, "And America’s Favorite Thanksgiving Pie Is….," 21 Nov. 2018 As rescuers desperately searched for survivors beneath the landslides, the death toll was expected to rise. Fox News, "At least 7 dead, dozens feared buried after quake hits northern Japan," 2 Oct. 2018 On May 20, 2017, a slide in the middle of the night — the largest landslide ever recorded on the Big Sur coast — covered a third of a mile of the highway and buried it beneath 40 feet of dirt and rock. Hailey Branson-potts,, "Pacific Coast Highway south of Big Sur to reopen by end of July, officials say," 13 June 2018 Evidence of the landslide can still be seen today, more than 220 years since the eruption. Shelby Fleig, USA TODAY, "The 5 deadliest volcanoes in history," 4 June 2018 Caltrans’ solution for drivers has been to build a quarter-mile stretch of roadway across the landslide, buttressed with stabilizing material, including rocks, netting and berms. Nanette Asimov, San Francisco Chronicle, "Highway 1 set to reopen in September," 30 May 2018 Here is video of the landslide from Ashley Riddle and Randy Seay. Mark Price And Joe Marusak, charlotteobserver, "Immediate threat around dam is over, but authorities warn residents to 'remain alert'," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of landslide


1822, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1926, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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


land·​slide | \ ˈland-ˌslīd How to pronounce landslide (audio) \

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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