mud·slide | \ˈməd-ˌslīd \

Definition of mudslide 

1 : mudflow

2 : a cocktail made with coffee liqueur, vodka, and cream

Examples of mudslide in a Sentence

The heavy rain triggered a mudslide.

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Hyder evacuated four days after the mudslides and then again when another storm threatened the area a week ago. CBS News, "Hard-hit California neighborhoods evacuate as "atmospheric river" moves in," 21 Mar. 2018 Forecasters warned that the U.S. territory could see between 15 to 25 mph winds, as well as heavy rains that could cause flooding and mudslides. CBS News, "Tropical Storm Beryl speeding rapidly toward eastern Caribbean," 8 July 2018 And flooding and mudslides closed a stretch of Highway 101, a crucial artery along the coast south from Santa Barbara, as well as portions of the 110 freeway. Jennifer Medina, Thomas Fuller And Tim Arango, New York Times, "Mudslides Strike Southern California, Leaving at Least 13 Dead," 9 Jan. 2018 Months later the largest wildfire in state history burned 280,000 acres outside of LA followed shortly by more floods and deadly mudslides. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "California’s Water Whiplash Is Only Going to Get Worse," 23 Apr. 2018 Spots along the coast near Big Sur recorded more than nine inches of rain this week, and flash floods and mudslides were a concern in Santa Barbara and Los Angeles counties.. Robert Krier,, "Weather service promises: The rain is still coming," 22 Mar. 2018 Catastrophic mudslides and floods broke out in western Japan from Friday afternoon through early Saturday. Emily Bloch, Teen Vogue, "Floods in Japan Leave at Least 176 People Dead," 11 July 2018 The collection of showers and thunderstorms that once formed Hurricane Beryl is sweeping over Puerto Rico, causing mudslides and power outages on the island, which is still recovering from the destruction wrought by Hurricane Maria last September. Alex Harris And Kyra Gurney, miamiherald, "21,000 homes, businesses without power as Hurricane Beryl's remains sweep Puerto Rico," 9 July 2018 An elderly woman was found dead in her house after a mudslide swept through it. Makiko Inoue, New York Times, "Japan Reels From Heavy Rains; Dozens Killed and Millions Urged to Evacuate," 7 July 2018

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First Known Use of mudslide

1874, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of mudslide

: a large mass of wet earth that suddenly and quickly moves down the side of a mountain or hill

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