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 The funeral procession in his hometown of Kerman was so packed that dozens of people died in a stampede. NBC News, "Iran protests: Crowds in Tehran refuse to walk on U.S. and Israeli flags," 13 Jan. 2020 Before the burial in his home town of Kerman 50 people were killed in a stampede. The Economist, "Politics this week," 11 Jan. 2020 Passions were running so high that more than fifty people were killed and hundreds injured in a stampede around the funeral cortege. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "Iran Attacks U.S. Forces, Then Both Sides Stand Down," 8 Jan. 2020 The funeral procession was so huge and unwieldy that more than 50 people died in a stampede, state news media reported, forcing a delay in the burial. New York Times, "Iran Retaliates Against U.S. Forces in Iraq," 7 Jan. 2020 Several people were reportedly killed in a funeral stampede in Kerman, Soleimani's hometown. Aj Willingham, CNN, "5 things to know for January 7: Iran, impeachment, Boy Scouts, Puerto Rico," 7 Jan. 2020 Police, who deny any wrongdoing, said that among the 15 people killed in the state was an 8-year-old boy who died in a stampede in the city of Varanasi, the heart of Modi’s parliamentary constituency. Emily Schmall, SFChronicle.com, "Indian leader defends law assailed as discriminatory against Muslims," 22 Dec. 2019 In the 2015 pilgrimage, a mass stampede in Mecca killed more than 750 pilgrims, with more than 900 others injured. Eva Dou, WSJ, "Chinese Surveillance Expands to Muslims Making Mecca Pilgrimage," 31 July 2018 The decision was likely informed by memories of a Dec. 31, 2014, stampede on the Bund in which 36 people were killed and 49 injured when a crowd of 300,000 gathered to watch a light show. USA TODAY, "China TV station admits New Year’s drone show was prerecorded," 6 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Walruses have a tendency to stampede if they are disturbed by unusual sights, sounds or smells, Fish and Wildlife said. Anchorage Daily News, "Feds fine pilots for disturbing hauled-out walruses on Alaska’s Arctic coast," 26 Sep. 2019 The elephants responded by stampeding through the camps repeatedly and killing 14 people. Paul Kvinta, Outside Online, "I Bought an Elephant to Find Out How to Save Them," 12 Nov. 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

Time Traveler

The first known use of stampede was in 1828

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Last Updated

24 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Stampede.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stampede. Accessed 28 January 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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