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avalanche

av·a·lanche

avalanche

 
pronunciation:
ae v laench
parts of speech:
noun, intransitive verb, transitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the sudden rush of a large quantity of snow, ice, or rocks down a mountain.
The mountain village was buried in the avalanche.
 
synonyms:
landslide, snowslide
similar words:
cataclysm, rush
definition 2: the sudden and overwhelming influx of anything.
The radio station received an avalanche of telephone calls after the broadcast.
synonyms:
deluge, flood, inundation, spate
similar words:
flurry, hail, influx, rush
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: avalanched, avalanches, avalanching
definition: to fall or come down suddenly, as in an avalanche.
The library's bookshelves avalanched as the building shook.
synonyms:
fall
similar words:
cascade, rush, slide, tumble
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition: to inundate or overwhelm with a large amount of something.
The TV station was avalanched with letters of protest from viewers.
synonyms:
flood, inundate, overwhelm
similar words:
deluge, overrun, swamp
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