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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Canadian police said a woman had died after a mudslide Monday near Lillooet, which is located to the north of Vancouver. Aya Elamroussi, Amy Simonson And Paul P. Murphy, CNN, 18 Nov. 2021 The accident happened about 10 miles east of the site of another major disaster, some noted: the Sugarloaf mountain mudslide, which claimed more than 1,000 lives in 2017 and destroyed thousands of homes. Washington Post, 6 Nov. 2021 The following January, extreme rainfall hit the region, including the burn scar left by the fire, and caused the deadliest mudslide-debris flow event in California’s history. The Conversation, oregonlive, 21 Oct. 2021 Footage showed a powerful, black mudslide slither down a mountain, knocking over and crushing houses and sweeping away cars in its path., 4 July 2021 Footage showed a powerful, black mudslide slither down a mountain, knocking over and crushing houses and sweeping away cars in its path. Fox News, 3 July 2021 The storm is heading through southern California on Tuesday with heavy rain, mudslide and debris flow threat. Max Golembo, ABC News, 14 Dec. 2021 Three more bodies were found, in addition to one located on Monday, and efforts to reach a fifth person caught in a mudslide have been unsuccessful, the province’s chief coroner said on Saturday. NBC News, 21 Nov. 2021 Fresh burn scars from the wildfires are also making the flooding and mudslide potential worse, Zhong pointed out. Jennifer Gray, CNN, 29 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of mudslide

1874, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of mudslide was in 1874

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“Mudslide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2022.

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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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