Definitions for: Spate


[n] the occurrence of a water flow resulting from sudden rain or melting snow
[n] a sudden forceful flow
[n] (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent; "a batch of letters"; "a deal of trouble"; "a lot of money"; "he made a mint on the stock market"; "it must have cost plenty"



Webster (1913) Definition: Spate, n. [Of Celtic origin; cf. Ir. speid.]
A river flood; an overflow or inundation. --Burns.

Gareth in a showerful spring Stared at the spate.
--Tennyson.

Synonyms: batch, deal, flock, freshet, good deal, great deal, hatful, heap, lot, mass, mess, mickle, mint, muckle, peck, pile, plenty, pot, quite a little, raft, rush, sight, slew, stack, surge, tidy sum, upsurge, wad, whole lot, whole slew

See Also: deluge, flood, flow, flowing, inundation, large indefinite amount, large indefinite quantity, onrush, torrent

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