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.

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Rainfall was widespread, triggering brutal mudslides. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "Final numbers on Maria in Puerto Rico: $90 billion in damage, some Cat 5 winds | Miami Herald," 9 Apr. 2018 Enough rain may fall to cause localized flash flooding and mudslides, especially along steep hillsides and in mountainous terrain. Editors, USA TODAY, "Thai cave rescue mission, World Cup, Hurricane Beryl: 5 things to know this weekend," 7 July 2018 Authorities warned, too, of the threat of mudslides and the risk of an environmental disaster from floodwaters washing over industrial waste sites and hog farms. Fox News, "Nearly stalled, Florence besieges Carolinas with floodwaters," 15 Sep. 2018 Jordan Zeitsoff said creeks held up well in areas that were most at risk of mudslides and that there were no major road closures or significant flooding. Hailey Branson-potts,, "Arctic storm finally brings rain to Southern California, but without mudslides that some feared," 3 Mar. 2018 The threat of mudslides is vast, spreading from Santa Barbara all the way to Duarte. CBS News, "Residents rescued as mud inundates California burn areas," 9 Jan. 2018 Since the 1960s, the species has been decimated by fires, mudslides, pesticides, fungal infections, loss of habitat and the appetites of nonnative trout, bullfrogs and crayfish. Louis Sahagun,, "Born in a zoo, released into the San Gabriels, a rare Los Angeles frog bounces back," 27 June 2018 Heavy rains are adding to the danger, mixing with the ash to create potential mudslides, flooding and acid rain. Christopher Dawson, CNN, "How to help Guatemala recover from the Fuego volcano," 7 June 2018 His tenure was punctuated by tragedy, including an outbreak of the Ebola virus and a deadly mudslide, in a country that is still recovering from a civil war that ended in 2002 after the deaths of more than 50,000 people. Jaime Yaya Barry, New York Times, "Opposition Leader Is Sworn In as Sierra Leone’s President," 4 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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