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AVALANCHE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does avalanche mean? 

AVALANCHE (noun)
  The noun AVALANCHE has 2 senses:

1. a slide of large masses of snow and ice and mud down a mountain
2. a sudden appearance of an overwhelming number of things

  Familiarity information: AVALANCHE used as a noun is rare.


AVALANCHE (verb)
  The verb AVALANCHE has 1 sense:

1. gather into a huge mass and roll down a mountain, of snow

  Familiarity information: AVALANCHE used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


AVALANCHE (noun)


Sense 1avalanche [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A slide of large masses of snow and ice and mud down a mountain

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Hypernyms ("avalanche" is a kind of...):

slide ((geology) the descent of a large mass of earth or rocks or snow etc.)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "avalanche"):

lahar (an avalanche of volcanic water and mud down the slopes of a volcano)


Sense 2avalanche [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A sudden appearance of an overwhelming number of things

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Context example:

the program brought an avalanche of mail

Hypernyms ("avalanche" is a kind of...):

happening; natural event; occurrence; occurrent (an event that happens)


AVALANCHE (verb)


Sense 1avalanche [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Gather into a huge mass and roll down a mountain, of snow

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

avalanche; roll down

Hypernyms (to "avalanche" is one way to...):

come down; descend; fall; go down (move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


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