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

Would be like the stampede scene in the Lion King movie. Helen Murphy, PEOPLE.com, "Carli Lloyd Says She’s 'Not Naive' About NFL Kicker Potential: 'I Love Challenges'," 3 Sep. 2019 The stampede injured a 16-year-old boy and his mother, police said. Paul Cobler, Dallas News, "Man causes 'chaos' in incident at Memorial City Mall, Houston police say," 11 Aug. 2019 Witnesses called it a stampede as people ran away from the area down nearby streets into restaurants, stores and even theaters. CBS News, "Motorcycle backfire stirs panic in NYC's Times Square as crowd mistakes sound for gunshot," 7 Aug. 2019 And yes, the stampede scene is still heartbreaking. Samantha Incorvaia, azcentral, "'The Lion King' review: It's the circle of life that we get a remake, but is it good?," 11 July 2019 This led to a stampede where one woman was badly injured. Mark Chingono, Bukola Adebayo And Brent Swails, CNN, "Violence escalates in Zimbabwe as court rules against opposition protests," 16 Aug. 2019 Internal migrations—rural-to-urban stampedes—sweep up 139 million citizens within India. Paul Salopek, National Geographic, "A storyteller chronicles the mass migrations that define our age," 17 July 2019 Police said 14 people suffered injuries related to the stampede, but none of the injuries were life-threatening. NBC News, "Warning about possible shooter sparked Navy Pier stampede, Chicago police say," 6 July 2019 The July Fourth fireworks off Chicago’s Navy Pier drew a crowd that retreated into chaos as police say three people were stabbed and a false report of gunfire led to a stampede that left 14 people injured. Jeff Truesdell, PEOPLE.com, "2 Teens Stabbed, Dozen-Plus People Trampled in Chaotic 'Stampede' at Chicago Fireworks Display," 5 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The pair ultimately and futilely dash after striped targets, who frantically stampede off in a black-and-white blaze. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Wild time on a Serengeti safari," 11 Sep. 2019 If startled by a polar bear, airplane or hunter, the herd stampedes into the safety of the ocean and young animals are crushed. Dan Joling, Anchorage Daily News, "Thousands of walruses show up early on Northwest Alaska coast as sea ice recedes," 1 Aug. 2019 One witness said shoppers began stampeding toward exits. Tony Barboza, latimes.com, "One man killed, three other people injured in shooting at Costco in Corona," 14 June 2019 The Exalted One was stampeded into the ground by defenders blocking for the interceptor after the second pick. Gary Peterson, The Mercury News, "Jimmy Garoppolo’s preseason stinker reminds of young Joe Montana’s ugly game," 20 Aug. 2019 Start with Pappas and Kammer, a second-team All-Ohio lineman, and DeAngelis' run-heavy program has the capability to stampede back to the playoffs. Matt Goul, cleveland.com, "Switch flipped at Valley Forge: 2019 football camp tour," 8 Aug. 2019 The dugout empties, the rest of the team stampedes to shallow left field to find the hero and hug him or tackle him or tear at his jersey. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Electrifying walk-off wins are how these Dodgers roll," 7 Aug. 2019 Students have instead been stampeding into overtly practical subjects such as medicine, veterinary sciences and business studies. The Economist, "The study of history is in decline in Britain," 18 July 2019 With a packed voice cast including Donald Glover, Beyoncé, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Billy Eichner, and Seth Rogen, The Lion King has been stampeding (too soon?) box office records since its release. Tyler Aquilina, EW.com, "The Lion King reigns supreme, passes $1 billion at global box office," 30 July 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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stampede

noun

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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