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Avalanche Definition


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Other Avalanche Definition

[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

Synonyms

roll down

Misc. Definitions

\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.

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