mud·​slide | \ ˈməd-ˌslīd How to pronounce mudslide (audio) \

Definition of mudslide

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

Examples of mudslide in a Sentence

The heavy rain triggered a mudslide.
Recent Examples on the Web Last year, more than 50 workers were buried in a mudslide buried at a jade mine in Hpakant after a lake collapsed. Helen Regan, CNN, "Jade mine landslide kills at least 100 in Myanmar, with more people still missing," 2 July 2020 By tonight and into Wednesday morning, flooding threat with mudslides will continue in southern California and also in Arizona. Max Golembo, ABC News, "Flash flooding, mudslides threat for California; Unseasonably warm on East Coast," 10 Mar. 2020 Weather officials will activate a flash flood watch Friday afternoon for the Kincade Fire burn scar area in Sonoma County because heavy rain, after days of intermittent rain, could trigger a flow of debris and cause mudslides. Alejandro Serrano,, "Weekend storm expected to dump 4 feet of snow in Sierra, North Bay could flood," 6 Dec. 2019 The road suffered severe damage when record-breaking rains triggered mudslides last year. USA TODAY, "Mural for missing women, ‘Jedi’ cremations, MRI party: News from around our 50 states," 18 June 2019 The challenge for cleanup workers came long after the fire was defeated and rain began to the pound the hillsides, triggering mudslides that overwhelmed campsites down below. Esmeralda Bermudez,, "Malibu’s Leo Carrillo State Park reopens after devastating Woolsey fire," 8 June 2019 At its strongest, the storm’s winds topped 165 miles per hour, uprooting trees, destroying homes, and causing deadly mudslides. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "The Pacific Ocean, explained," 4 Mar. 2019 More than 120 people died during that period from flooding and mudslides. Fox News, "Kenya floods kill nearly 200, over 100,000 displaced from homes," 6 May 2020 The miner’s steelmaking-coal sales are threatened by heavy rain, snow and mudslides. Danielle Bochove,, "Teck’s Coal Sales Warning Comes Amid Broader Concerns for Miner," 5 May 2020

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First Known Use of mudslide

1874, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Mudslide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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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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