Definitions for: Avalanche


[n] a sudden appearance of an overwhelming number of things; "the program brought an avalanche of mail"
[n] a slide of large masses of snow and ice and mud down a mountain
[v] of snow masses in the mountains



Webster (1913) Definition: Av"a*lanche` (?; 277), n. [F. avalanche, fr. avaler
to descend, to let down, from aval down, downward; ? (L. ad)
+ val, L. vallis, valley. See Valley.]
1. A large mass or body of snow and ice sliding swiftly down
a mountain side, or falling down a precipice.

2. A fall of earth, rocks, etc., similar to that of an
avalanche of snow or ice.

3. A sudden, great, or irresistible descent or influx of
anything.

Synonyms: roll down

See Also: come down, descend, fall, go down, happening, lahar, natural event, occurrence, slide

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