Definitions for Avalancheˈæv əˌlæntʃ, -ˌlɑntʃ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

av•a•lancheˈæv əˌlæntʃ, -ˌlɑntʃ(n.; v.)-lanched, -lanch•ing.

  1. (n.)a mass of snow, ice, etc., detached from a mountain slope and sliding or falling suddenly downward.

    Category: Geology

  2. anything like an avalanche in suddenness and overwhelming quantity:

    an avalanche of mail.

  3. a cumulative ionization process in which the ions and electrons of one generation undergo collisions that produce a greater number of ions and electrons in succeeding generations.

    Category: Physics

  4. (v.i.)to come down in or like an avalanche.

  5. (v.t.)to overwhelm with a large amount of anything.

Origin of avalanche:

1755–65; < F < dial. (Savoy) avalantse

Princeton's WordNet

  1. avalanche(noun)

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

  2. avalanche(verb)

    a sudden appearance of an overwhelming number of things

    "the program brought an avalanche of mail"

  3. avalanche, roll down(verb)

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

Wiktionary

  1. avalanche(Noun)

    A large mass or body of snow and ice sliding swiftly down a mountain side, or falling down a precipice.

  2. avalanche(Noun)

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

  3. avalanche(Noun)

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

  4. avalanche(Noun)

    Anything like an avalanche in suddenness and overwhelming quantity (like a barrage, blitz, etc).

  5. avalanche(Verb)

    To descend like an avalanche.

  6. avalanche(Verb)

    To come down upon; to overwhelm.

    The shelf broke and the boxes avalanched the workers.

  7. Origin: Swiss French, from (Savoy) avalançhe, blend of aval ‘downhill’ and standard lavençhe, from labanka (cf. Occitan lavanca, Italian valanga), alteration of labina ‘landslide’ (cf. Franco-Provençal (Dauphiné) lavino, Romansch lavina), from Latin labi ‘to slip, slide’.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Avalanche(noun)

    a large mass or body of snow and ice sliding swiftly down a mountain side, or falling down a precipice

  2. Avalanche(noun)

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

  3. Avalanche(noun)

    a sudden, great, or irresistible descent or influx of anything

Freebase

  1. Avalanche

    Avalanche is a Marvel Comics supervillain and an enemy of the X-Men. A Cretan mutant, Avalanche possesses the ability to generate seismic waves from his hands that are strong enough to create earthquakes of varying sizes and to disintegrate any substance other than living tissue. He has been a member of the Brotherhood of Mutants and Freedom Force. The animated series X-Men: Evolution portrays him as Lance Alvers, a misguided mutant teenager and one time romantic love interest of the X-Men's Shadowcat.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

avalanche(noun)

a fall of snow and ice down a mountain

Two skiers were buried by the avalanche.

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