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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Wildfires and mudslides are yearly events, made worse in recent years amid climate change. Tim Arango,, "California earthquake rattles a state wary of the ‘Big One’," 6 July 2019 Officials echoed the warnings issued last July when heavy rain led to mudslides and flooding left more than 200 people dead. Fox News, "Torrential rains in Japan force over 1 million to evacuate southwestern region," 3 July 2019 Disasters due to mudslides can happen anytime at multiple places simultaneously. Jennifer Hassan, Washington Post, "Record levels of rain in Japan force 1 million people to evacuate," 3 July 2019 Then, last year, with construction finally underway, Montecito was hit by wildfires and devastating mudslides. Candace Jackson, Town & Country, "The Rosewood Miramar Beach Is Montecito's Newest Luxury Hotel—and Private Club For Those Who Want the Real Perks," 27 Apr. 2019 The totals do not include insurance claims related to mudslides that buried homes and vehicles in Montecito when torrential rain fell on hillsides burned in the December fires. CBS News, "Insurance claims from California wildfires total nearly $12 billion," 31 Jan. 2018 Road hazard, Bentleyville and Miles roads: The Service Department was notified of a mudslide in the road leaving one lane blocked on the afternoon of June 16. Thomas Jewell,, "Folding stop sign continues to confuse motorists: Moreland Hills Police Blotter," 20 June 2019 Here, where the rain would wash the topsoil off deforested hillsides into mudslides. Gaia Vince, Quartz, "How to survive in the world’s largest refugee camp," 8 June 2019 Severe storms, straight-line winds, flooding, landslides and mudslides damaged areas of Kentucky. Julia Fair,, "Northern Kentucky residents eligible for FEMA aid after spring storms," 7 June 2019

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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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