stampede

noun
stam·​pede | \ (ˌ)stam-ˈpēd How to pronounce stampede (audio) \

Definition of stampede

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a wild headlong rush or flight of frightened animals
2 : a mass movement of people at a common impulse
3 : an extended festival combining a rodeo with exhibitions, contests, and social events

stampede

verb
stampeded; stampeding

Definition of stampede (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to cause to run away in headlong panic
2 : to cause (a group or mass of people) to act on sudden or rash impulse

intransitive verb

1 : to flee headlong in panic
2 : to act on mass impulse

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Other Words from stampede

Verb

stampeder noun

Examples of stampede in a Sentence

Noun a stampede to the exits a stampede to buy the stock a stampede of new applicants Verb People stampeded to the exits. The gunshot stampeded the cattle.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Iran plans to bury the remains of Gen. Qassem Soleimani on Tuesday, though the funeral was delayed a bit by a stampede of mourners in the southern Iranian town of Kerman, Soleimani's birthplace, that Iranian media said left at least 35 people dead. TheWeek, "Iran suggests Soleimani revenge attacks will target U.S. troops, maybe Israel," 7 Jan. 2020 The crowd swelled, leading to the deadly stampede in which Iranian state TV said at least 56 people were killed. Caitlin Yilek, Washington Examiner, "Soleimani burial postponed after dozens killed in funeral procession stampede," 7 Jan. 2020 Hard-hat voters drifted toward the Republicans in 2016, but this year could be a stampede. Stephen Moore, WSJ, "Democrats’ War on Fracking Will Cost Them in Battleground States," 22 Jan. 2020 There was no information as to what had set off the stampede. CBS News, "Iran says U.S. bears blame for Iranian forces shooting down plane," 15 Jan. 2020 Tens of thousands of people poured onto the streets in Kerman on Tuesday, leading to a stampede that killed at least 56 people and injured 213, according to state news agency IRINN. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "Soleimani buried in hometown, hours after Iran launched missiles in revenge for his death," 7 Jan. 2020 After White’s bucket, a race for the basketball led to a stampede in the right corner along the baseline and that’s where Rayburn intentionally flicked the ball out of bounds. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Sam Rayburn uses Section 47 of rule book to help knock off Memorial in double OT," 1 Jan. 2020 Kippi Wairoba, Moshi's district commissioner, said the casualties were a result of a stampede after attendees rushed forward to be anointed by oil the preacher, Boniface Mwamposa, poured on the ground. Tim O'donnell, TheWeek, "February 2, 2020," 2 Feb. 2020 Along with collapsing buildings, flying debris, and stampedes of fleeing residents, various studies have blamed the inhalation of ash and volcanic gases, a sudden heat shock, and even the vaporization of people’s soft tissues. National Geographic, "Vesuvius eruption baked some people to death—and turned one brain to glass," 23 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Las Olas Boulevard was transformed into a running of the bulls stampede as the eighth annual Merrill Lynch Bull Run took over downtown Fort Lauderdale. Emmett Hall, sun-sentinel.com, "Running of the Bulls takes over Las Olas Boulevard," 12 Dec. 2019 Experienced investors, including dozens from the U.S., stampeded into the deal, despite the SEC’s warnings in 2017 that such deals could require compliance with investor protection laws. Dave Michaels, WSJ, "SEC, Telegram Startup Gird for Cryptocurrency Court Clash," 4 Feb. 2020 The gates reportedly collapsed, and hundreds stampeded into the festival. Alison Medley, Houston Chronicle, "Fans trampled in stampede at Astroworld Festival at NRG Park," 9 Nov. 2019 And no wonder so many politicians, including Bernie Sanders and President Trump, have stampeded toward what looks like an easy solution: Allow U.S. drugstores to import drugs from Canada. Los Angeles Times, "Pssst ... Want to buy some insulin or other lifesaving medicine? Go to Canada," 14 Aug. 2019 The Enquirer covered The Who concert tragedy forty years ago after fans broke the gate to the arena and a crowd of thousands stampeded towards the stage. Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati.com, "40 years later, The Who will return to Cincinnati: 'We'll be there' Townshend said on WCPO documentary," 4 Dec. 2019 Mustangs stampede into postseason Lamar Consolidated spent the first half of the season in the area 5A top 10 before tumbling out following back-to-back losses to A&M Consolidated and Huntsville in Weeks 7 and 8. Jason Mcdaniel, Houston Chronicle, "Friday night highlights: Emilee Buhl makes history," 8 Nov. 2019 THUMBS UP Marcus Johnson Indianapolis didn’t need much out of its receivers on a week the running game stampeded over Jacksonville’s defense, but Johnson, who was put on the active roster to replace Deon Cain only a week ago, made enough of them. Joel A. Erickson, Indianapolis Star, "Thumbs up, thumbs down: A lot to like from Colts secondary in win over Jaguars," 18 Nov. 2019 Surf Drive in Falmouth, where runners stampede during the famous Falmouth Road Race every August, would be submerged, the underground sewer line spilling into the open ocean. BostonGlobe.com, "A short documentary exploring climate change on Cape Cod," 26 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of stampede

Noun

1828, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1838, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for stampede

Noun

American Spanish estampida, from Spanish, crash, from estampar to stamp, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German stampfōn to stamp

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Time Traveler for stampede

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The first known use of stampede was in 1828

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Last Updated

20 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Stampede.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stampede. Accessed 1 Apr. 2020.

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More Definitions for stampede

stampede

noun
How to pronounce stampede (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of stampede

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an occurrence in which a large group of frightened or excited animals or people run together in a wild and uncontrolled way to escape from something, get out of a place, etc.
: a situation in which a lot of people try to do the same thing at the same time

stampede

verb

English Language Learners Definition of stampede (Entry 2 of 2)

: to run away in a large group from something especially because of fear
: to cause (animals) to run away in a large group
: to cause (a person or a group of people) to do something suddenly and without proper thought

stampede

noun
stam·​pede | \ stam-ˈpēd How to pronounce stampede (audio) \

Kids Definition of stampede

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a wild rush or flight of frightened animals or people
2 : a sudden foolish action or movement of a large number of people

stampede

verb
stampeded; stampeding

Kids Definition of stampede (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to run or cause to run away in fright or panic People stampeded to the exits.
2 : to act or cause to act together suddenly and without thought

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