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stampede

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noun stam·pede \ (ˌ)stam-ˈpēd \

Definition of stampede

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

Examples of stampede in a Sentence

  1. a stampede to the exits

  2. a stampede to buy the stock

  3. a stampede of new applicants

Recent Examples of stampede from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of stampede

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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stampede

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Definition of stampede

stampeded; stampeding
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

stampeder

noun

Examples of stampede in a Sentence

  1. People stampeded to the exits.

  2. The gunshot stampeded the cattle.

Recent Examples of stampede from the Web

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First Known Use of stampede

1838


STAMPEDE Defined for English Language Learners

stampede

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Definition of stampede for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of stampede for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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stampede

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noun stam·pede \ stam-ˈpēd \

Definition of stampede for Students

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

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stampede

verb

Definition of stampede for Students

stampeded; stampeding
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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