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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Then in January, mudslides in the same area killed 21 people and destroyed more than 100 homes. Howard Blume,, "Another night of terror and calamity for Santa Barbara County as new destructive fire sweeps through," 8 July 2018 About 1,000 people were also killed when another mudslide devastated the town of Chinchiná. Shelby Fleig, USA TODAY, "The 5 deadliest volcanoes in history," 4 June 2018 Page Six confirmed that the two tied the knot at the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles — a switch made after mudslides compromised their original plans to wed in Montecito, California. Stephanie Petit,, "Marcus Lemonis Is Married! The Profit Star Opens Up About His Wedding Day: 'I Cried'," 22 Feb. 2018 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

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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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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