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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Puerto Rico is predicted to get several inches of rain on Monday from Beryl's remnants, which could trigger flash floods and mudslides in some areas, officials said. NBC News, "Puerto Rico prepares for remnants of Beryl, as some still remain without power after hurricane," 8 July 2018 Pop superstar Katy Perry gave a surprise concert for survivors of and first responders to the deadly mudslides in Montecito, California that happened in January of this year. Sarah Gray, Time, "Katy Perry Surprises Survivors and First Responders of Deadly Montecito Mudslides," 26 Feb. 2018 Authorities warned, too, of risks of mudslides and environmental disasters from floodwaters washing over industrial waste sites and hog farms. Barnini Chakraborty, Fox News, "Florence weakens to tropical depression, but flooding threat remains severe," 16 Sep. 2018 Her 10-year-old son, Jonathan Benitez, that boy's cousin Kailly Benitez, 3, and Kailly’s mother, 27-year-old Marilyn Ramos, were also killed in the mudslide and their bodies were previously found, the sheriff’s office said. Phil Helsel, NBC News, "Body of mother found after California mudslide, death toll rises 21," 20 Jan. 2018 Then in January, mudslides in the same area killed 20 people and destroyed still more homes. Andrea Castillo And John Wilkens, Anchorage Daily News, "California city devastated by brush fire as record heat burns a path of destruction," 7 July 2018 On Tuesday, the insurance firm said its pretax catastrophe losses, net of reinsurance, totaled $354 million during the quarter due to winter storms, mudslides and hail, compared with $347 million a year earlier. Nicole Friedman, WSJ, "Travelers’ Profit Gets Lift From Premiums, Investments," 24 Apr. 2018 These types of seasons cause major infrastructure problems for the state, with frequent mudslides and damage to dams and levees such as in Oroville. Brandon Miller, CNN, "Climate change could leave Californians with 'weather whiplash'," 23 Apr. 2018 In the wake of massive flooding, mudslides and power outages caused by the heavy rain, the legendary surfer navigated his boat across the overflowing waterway to escort the Gwilliam clan to safety. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "Surfer Legend Laird Hamilton Rescues Family Stranded by Historic Kauai Flooding," 19 Apr. 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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